Slip and fall accidents are common in West Virginia. In fact, they are one of the state’s leading causes of emergency room visits. Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, lost wages, and high medical bills. Luckily, those suffering from slip and fall injuries may be entitled to financial compensation. Below are some common slip and fall injuries in West Virginia. If you’ve recently suffered a slip and fall injury, please contact a slip and fall accident attorney.
Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Wrist, hip, and ankle fractures are common slip and fall injuries. These injuries frequently require long recovery times, and they sometimes even require surgery. Older individuals are particularly vulnerable to these types of injuries.
Sprains and strains occur when the body’s ligaments suffer damage. Ligaments don’t receive much blood, so these types of injuries can take a long time to heal. And although they may not seem serious, sprains can hinder many necessary activities, including the ability to work.
Knee injuries can occur in many ways, but they often result from falls that involve twisting of the legs. Common knee injuries include MCL/ACL tears and sprains, ligament tears, and patella dislocations. Knee reconstruction surgery is often needed following a knee injury.
Dislocations and Strains
Dislocations and strains are common types of slip and fall injuries. Shoulders are particularly vulnerable to dislocation, and shoulder injuries often require immediate surgery.
In slip and fall accidents, nerve damage can result from direct impact with the ground, from reaching out to break one’s fall, and from lacerations. Nerve damage is often treatable, but serious cases can be permanent.
Head and Brain Injuries
Among the most dangerous injuries suffered by slip and fall accident victims are head and brain injuries. Most brain injuries occur when the head makes a direct impact with the ground, but they can also result when the body makes an impact during a fall. The symptoms of traumatic brain injuries aren’t always immediate, making them particularly dangerous.
Lacerations and Bruises
Unless they are particularly severe, most people don’t take cuts and bruises seriously following a slip and fall accident. However, serious lacerations can lead to a number of problems, and even bruises can be dangerous under certain circumstances. In other words, even these “minor” injuries should never be ignored following a slip and fall accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you are a victim of a slip and fall accident in West Virginia, you need an experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney on your side. An experienced West Virginia personal injury attorney will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. At Hewitt & Salvatore, we will provide you with the type of personal attention that bigger firms can’t match, and we’ll treat your personal injury case as our top priority. Please contact our office today for a consultation.