Slip and fall accident injuries send about 9 million people to the emergency room in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Slip and fall injuries are the top cause of death and of serious injuries to elderly adults, although anyone of any age may be injured in a slip and fall accident.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents include:
The CDC estimates that falls are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries such as concussions. About 40 percent of all brain injuries requiring hospital care result from a fall. These injuries are most common in infants and toddlers and in elderly adults, although they can affect anyone at any age.
Over 95 of all broken hips result from a fall, according to CDC data. Often, hip fractures require surgery and a hospital stay, followed by intensive at-home or nursing home care. The hip joint may need to be replaced with an artificial hip. The CDC estimates that 20 percent of hip fracture patients die within a year of the injury.
Back and Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the vertebrae or cartilage discs of the spine, or to the spinal cord itself, can easily occur during a slip and fall injury. These injuries can lead to severe pain, loss of mobility, and numbness, tingling, or complete loss of function in the areas of the body below the injury site. Spinal cord injuries are among the most difficult and expensive to treat.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall injury, you have options. Talk to an experienced Pittsburgh slip and fall injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and your options for pursuing the compensation you need and deserve. Contact Berger & Lagnese, LLC today.
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