Slip and fall accidents happen more often than many people realize. This is especially true during certain times of year in Indiana when inclement and often slippery weather is a fact of life. And even though each accident case will be unique in some aspect, the injuries suffered by victims commonly occur to certain regions of the body.
Head and neck injuries
The most serious injuries suffered in falls is damage to the head and neck. Head trauma can easily cause internal brain damage and leave victims with severe long-term problems. The same is true for neck injuries as well, as the neck is an area that controls much movement for the lower extremities and could even result in death in certain instances.
Hip and back injuries
Probably the injuries that occur most often in slip and fall accidents are hip and back injuries, including tailbone damage. Even when a back is not twisted or sprained and a serious leg injury does not result, a bruised or broken tailbone can be a serious issue because they typically take a significant amount of time to heel.
Hand and knee injuries
Hand, arm, and knee injuries are also more common than many people realize, largely due to the hand often being free to use as a brace to lessen impact of landing. Many slip and fall incidents actually involve falling forward, which can easily produce knee injuries that can last an extended period.
There are extenuating factors that can also worsen any injury suffered in a fall of any type, including the distance before coming to a stop and maintenance issues when stairs or corridors are involved.