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Slip and Fall Accidents Can Lead to Life-Long Injuries

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Campbell County slip and fall accident attorneyAccording to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over three million Americans are hospitalized each year due to slip and fall injuries. While most slip and fall injuries are non-fatal, an elderly American dies every 20 minutes due to falling. Fall injuries cost Americans roughly $5 billion in medical costs each and every year. If you have suffered a fall injury, it is important to contact a legal professional, even if the initial injury symptoms are minor. 

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

According to the CDC, only half of all fall victims alert their doctor about their fall. Fall injuries can result in painful chronic injuries that often come with delayed symptoms. Serious injuries that can occur in a fall include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Falling is the leading cause of head and brain injuries. Injuries to the brain can come with a wide array of symptoms that affect a victim’s quality of life. From minor concussions to permanent cognitive damage, brain trauma of any sort should not be taken lightly. 
  • Hip Fractures: The CDC states that a staggering 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Hip injuries can be severely painful, and they can have life-threatening health implications for elderly Americans. Regardless of age, a hip fracture can lead to limitations in mobility and chronic pain. 

Helping Your Elderly Loved One Avoid Falls

In many cases, fall injuries are unavoidable, but there are a few steps you can take to help your elderly family member lower their risk of slipping and falling. Ensure that your elderly loved ones wear well-tractioned footwear, do not mix medications that could impact their balance, and always give increased assistance to those that have vision or mobility problems. If your loved one is injured after suffering a fall, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether the fall occurred because of someone’s negligence and work with you to pursue compensation. 

Contact a Jacksboro Slip and Fall Lawyer 

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the full injury compensation they deserve. From permanent brain damage to incredibly painful broken hips, fall injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, costly physical therapy, and loss of work hours. Even if your injury symptoms are not initially severe, fall injuries are notorious for delayed symptoms, so it is important to receive medical treatment and learn about your options for receiving compensation from any negligent parties. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources: 

https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

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