Just about all of us have fallen at some point in our lives – perhaps slipped on wintry ice or missed a step going down the stairs. Sometimes you shake it off and go on with your day, but what if you suffer serious injury and need medical care? When an injury occurs because of someone else’s carelessness, you shouldn’t be responsible for your medical bills or any other resulting damages.
What are some common fall-related injuries?
According to the CDC, more than 800,000 Americans are hospitalized each year for injuries resulting from falls. Depending on the situation and conditions of the accident, the victim of a fall can suffer a variety of traumatic injuries, including:
- Fractured bones
- Sprained wrists
- Sprained ankles
- Strained muscles
- Dislocated shoulders
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Nerve damage
In addition, some people who’ve suffered catastrophic fall-related injuries may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How do fall injuries happen?
Fall injuries can occur for wide variety of reasons – some completely preventable. The CDC lists a few risk factors:
- Lower body weakness
- Impaired vision
- Uneven or poorly lit surfaces
- Dangerous medications
- Tripping hazards
In addition, most falls occur due to a combination of multiple factors, as opposed to only one factor.
How can I prevent fall injuries?
Although you can never prevent another person’s negligence or recklessness from causing you harm, you can take several steps to minimize the risk of falling and injuring yourself. These actions include:
- Speaking with your primary care physician and other healthcare professionals to suggest steps you can take in order to minimalize the likelihood of you falling
- Performing exercises to improve your balance and strength
- Scheduling an eye exam with an ophthalmologist or optometrist
- Removing items over which you easily can trip
- Adding stair railings
- Ensuring that your home and workplace are bright enough to see
Slips, falls and the resulting injuries are more common than some people may think, and they are especially common among people who are older. As a matter of fact, the CDC also reports that one out of every five falls leads to major injury. In addition, out of four elderly people, at least two of them fall every year. Even worse? Less than half of that number of people notify their physicians.
This is why it’s so important to determine the cause of your fall and who or what may be responsible. Talk to an Alabama slip and fall injury lawyer today.
Mezrano Law Firm proudly provides widely comprehensive legal services to the people of Alabama. If you or a loved one were injured because of someone else’s negligence, we can help. We have offices located in Birmingham, Florence, Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa to better serve our clients. Call our office at 205-206-6300 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation today.