When you think of slip and fall accidents, you may have a stereotypical image in your mind about what it looks like and what sort of injuries occur because of it. However, slip and fall incidents can have varied causes and outcomes.
In fact, you can end up with far more than a simple bruise in a slip and fall incident. Some of the injuries may surprise you.
Soft tissue damage
The National Floor Safety Institute discusses slip and falls quick facts to help those who find themselves dealing with such incidents. Injuries from slip and fall can range from mild to severe and may involve any part of the body from the bones to soft tissue to the nervous system.
Soft tissue damage may include tears and pulls to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Wrist or ankle strains and sprains may also occur. Other surface tissue damages may include bruising, bleeding, cuts and abrasions to the skin’s outer layer.
Bones can suffer injures too, like fractures or breaks. The hips and knees face particular risk due to the fact that they often take the brunt of the fall’s force, considering how the human body is likely to land. The tailbone may also suffer from breaks or fractures for the same reason.
Head and back injuries
You can also suffer from head injuries, spinal injuries and damage to the back. This can result in a host of problems like brain trauma, limited mobility and significant pain. Depending on the severity of the fall, the health of the victim and other factors, these impacts can potentially throw a victim’s life into complete turmoil.