Top Five Fall Injuries

by | Jul 21, 2022 | Injuries

Pre-existing conditions, like osteoarthritis, usually worsen the injuries in a slip-and-fall. Mild injuries become moderate, moderate injuries become severe, and so on. According to the eggshell skull rule, defendants must take victims as they find them, even if they have an eggshell skull or a glass jaw. As a general rule, the law never allows powerful people to take advantage of less-powerful people, or healthy people to take advantage of sick people. 

The eggshell skull rule also applies to gait disorders, AMD, and other conditions which increase the risk of a fall. People with gait disorders usually shuffle their feet when they walk. As a result, when these people stumble, they can’t recover their balance and they usually fall. Age-related Macular Degeneration blurs straight-ahead vision, making it difficult to see wet spots and other fall hazards.

Pre-existing conditions or not, a Lexington personal injury attorney can obtain substantial compensation for fall injury victims in court. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages are available as well, in some extreme cases.

Broken Bones

Broken arms are especially common in fall injuries. Usually, people naturally extend their arms to break their falls. This reaction often causes arm bones to almost literally snap in two, especially if a victim falls down the stairs or from a relatively high place. Doctors must use invasive measures, like metal implants, to reconstruct these bones. The additional intervention on the front end means more physical rehabilitation on the back end.

Head Injuries

These front end and back end issues continue with regard to head injuries. When a person falls, the brain slams against the inside of the skull, causing injuries like brain bleeding. Moreover, this motion destroys brain cells, and once brain cells die, they don’t regenerate. As a result, brain injury physical therapists must train uninjured parts of the brain to assume lost functions.

Additionally, brain injuries are hard to diagnose. Initial brain injury symptoms, like disorientation and headache, mimics the symptoms of shock from an accident. Therefore, many head injury victims don’t immediately get the treatment they need, and their physical conditions deteriorate.

Internal Injuries

The motion of a fall causes internal organs to grind and bump against each other, especially when the victim lands, even if the landing is a soft one. When internal organs are knocked out of position, they usually bleed badly. Generally, victims are on the edge of hypovolemic shock and organ shutdown by the time emergency responders arrive on scene.

These injuries are also difficult to diagnose and treat. Emergency responders are often so concerned with external injuries that they overlook internal wounds.

Serious Abrasions

As we get older, injuries like abrasions and other surface wounds don’t heal as quickly as they once did. The slow healing process makes these injuries much more painful. It also raises the possibility of permanent scarring.

PTSD

Most people don’t associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with slip-and-fall injuries. But PTSD is extremely common among fall victims, especially older victims.

Hypervigilance is one of the worst PTSD symptoms. Many fall victims are incredibly afraid of falling again. So, they essentially become recluses. Because of their more sedentary lifestyles, their muscles degrade and their coordination skills degrade as well. So, they’re at a greater risk for another fall, which is what they were trying to avoid. Furthermore, recluses are often depressed, as they withdraw from family and friends.

PTSD is not a “processing disorder” which randomly affects some people. Instead, it’s a physical brain injury. Extreme stress, like combat, a car crash, or a serious fall, creates a chemical imbalance in the brain. Medication is available to treat this imbalance, but not everyone is a candidate for these medical therapies. Additionally, the last PTSD drug was approved in the early 2000s, so there haven’t been many new developments in this area. So, many PTSD victims must simply press on as best they can on their own. That’s a pretty bad position to be in.

Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. We routinely handle matters in Fayette County and nearby jurisdictions.