As accidents go, slips and falls might be among the most chronically underrated. Within certain industries, they account for as many as 25% of reported worker’s compensation claims across the United States. Slips, trips and falls also comprise the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal accident-related injuries among American elderly; statistically, one out of every three American citizens aged 65 or older will suffer some form of fall-related injury within a given year, while less than half as many will have a serious talk with their doctor about the subject.
If you have suffered an injury due to a slip and fall contact us today to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your medical bills. Our premise liability attorneys have successfully settled hundreds of cases in the state of Oregon.
Even among younger individuals, however, a slip and a fall can have moderate to severe consequences:
- Lacerations: A simple protruding piece of wood from a door frame or an item of furniture can turn a trip and a stumble into a severe laceration, a wound that requires a trip to the emergency room and multiple stitches. Depending upon the nature of the protrusion, the victim may have to go through a series of expensive injections to stave off the possibility of tetanus. While it isn’t a high statistical probability, this kind of injury can result in damage to arteries or major blood vessels, resulting in the need for immediate emergency medical attention.
- Fractures: Less common among younger individuals, a fracture is still always a possible consequence from an unexpected fall. A person who comes down hard upon a part of the body that isn’t accustomed to bearing the full load of their weight, plus the force of their momentum, can result in a fractured bone. Depending upon how a person lands, and what part of their body they land upon, they might break or dislocate something as fragile as a finger or a toe. Older adults are particularly susceptible to this, even in the stronger bones of the body, with hip and pelvic fractures being common.
- Head Injuries: This is probably the worst case scenario where a fall is concerned. A traumatic head injury, possibly including brain trauma, resulting from a sharp blow to the head. Symptoms of a severe brain injury may be difficult to diagnose, and might not manifest themselves right away, which makes this type of injury all the more insidious. An individual who is experiencing dizziness, nausea, confusion, disorientation, dilated pupils, or an obviously altered mental state, after experiencing a head injury, needs to be given emergency medical attention as quickly as possible due to the possibility of severe brain injury.
If you, or someone you know, has experienced medical bills or loss of income as the result of a slip, trip or fall due to circumstances that aren’t your fault, you need to give our law offices in Bend, OR a call immediately. We also maintain several other offices in the state of Oregon; find the location closest to you, and get in touch as soon as you can. We can help to make sure that you get the treatment you need, without accumulating a mountain of medical bills in the process.