When entering an Arizona store or public area, one is likely not considering the potential hazards and risks he or she could encounter. The assumption of safety is one reason why victims of slip-and-fall accidents are often caught off-guard by the severity of their injuries after the incident. Even a seemingly minor fall can result in consequences that may lead to severe and lingering orthopedic injuries that may require extensive medical treatment.
Common slip-and-fall accident injuries
Slip-and-fall accidents often lead to orthopedic injuries to the legs, wrists, hips and arms. Soft tissue tears and muscle damage can also lead to pain, limited motion and other consequences. Some of the most commonly seen injuries seen after these types of accidents include the following:
- Fractures in the wrists, arms and legs
- Fractures or damage to the hip
- Sprains or strained tendons
These are injuries that can lead to long-term health implications, especially for older individuals. Treatment will depend on the extent of the damage and other factors, but it may include surgery, extensive rehabilitation and more. Slip-and-fall accidents may not be seen as serious injuries, but they can have a serious effect on an Arizona victim’s life.
After a fall
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment plan for orthopedic injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall accident. This is why it is critical to seek medical care as soon as possible in order to understand the extent of the injuries and the care necessary for a reasonable recovery. Victims of falls that occurred because of negligent maintenance or dangerous property conditions could have grounds to pursue a premises liability claim.