Six Common Injuries That Can Result From a Fall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2010, 26,009 people died in falls. Falls due to dangerous conditions can happen anywhere. There are many types of injuries that can result from a fall, such as:
- Fractured hip — Seniors are particularly prone to suffering a hip fracture when falling. Even a minor fall can result in a fractured hip, which can require surgery and months of physical therapy.
- Fractured wrist or elbow — A fractured wrist or elbow can occur when you attempt to catch yourself when falling.
- Knee injury — Tripping on uneven ground or losing your footing on a slippery surface can cause the knee joint to bend suddenly, leading to a torn meniscus or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
- Back injuries — A sudden jolt to the spine that occurs when a person loses his/her balance can result in a serious back injury, such as a herniated disc or fractured vertebrae.
- Fractured ankle — A fall can cause the body to shift, centering weight on the lower leg in an awkward fashion, leading to a fractured ankle.
- Head injuries – You could fall on your face and suffer fractures to your nose, teeth, jaw, or in your face. You can suffer a fractured skull or brain injury if your head hits the ground.
The owner of the property may be legally responsible
The owner and/or person controlling any property is responsible for injuries caused by a dangerous condition on the property, if they caused the condition, knew the condition was present, or should have known of the condition.
If you tripped or slipped and fell and were injured on someone else’s property, you should contact a California premises liability attorney to learn about your rights.