Slip, trip, and fall accidents occur at an alarming rate in the U.S., and often are accompanied by painful complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture – and one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as these, including broken bones or head injuries.
Some common causes of slips, trips, and falls are the following:
- Surfaces that are wet or greasy
- Accidental spills of unknown liquids
- Weather, such as rain causing puddles or slick surfaces like ice, particularly ice that is transparent and seemingly invisible – a common occurrence in Chicago winters
- Surfaces where the terrain varies and changes the degree of friction, such as a sidewalk
- Too dark or too bright lighting conditions
- Disorganized home or work area with too much clutter
- Children’s toys or pets’ toys that on the ground
A description of some common broken bones and fractures is important to show the severity of these everyday injuries. Here are a few of the injuries we see most often:
- Broken arms account for almost half of all adult fractures.
- Collarbone fractures are a common injury for bicyclists and motorcyclists, but can occur when pedestrians slip and fall on icy cement as well.
- Broken ankles can occur when a slip and fall victim lands in an awkward position, twisting or extending the foot.
- Broken feet and toes make up about one in every ten fractures.
- A slip and fall that fracture one of the many small, fragile bones of the hand can be among the more disabling fractures.
- A broken leg is a fracture of the fibula, femur, tibia, or patella. These often occur when a slip, trip, or fall lands on an uneven surface, especially an icy surface.
- A broken nose may result from many different types of accidents, and is not uncommon in a slip, trip, and fall injury.
- Along with a broken nose, a broken jaw is often caused by a similar impact to the face that can happen in a slip, trip or fall.
If you’ve broken a bone because of another person’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Our staff of outstanding attorneys at Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC has helped thousands of Chicago clients recover money for medical aid, physical therapy costs, lost income, pain, suffering, and more. Give us a call at (312) 644-0444.