Slip and fall accidents are common, and they are often not the fault of the person who is hurt.
Many of the injuries sustained after a slip and fall accident can be life-changing and long-lasting. Injuries sustained to the arms can greatly limit what a person can do. Everyday tasks like tying a shoe, eating food, picking up kids, and driving can become a thing of the past. Many times a victim with an arm injury will even have to miss long periods of work.
Arms, Wrists, Elbows, and Shoulders May Be Broken in a Fall
There are many different ways in which an arm can be injured in a slip and fall accident. Some of the common injures sustained to the arm are:
- Wrist injuries. Many people will throw down their hands instinctively in order to break the fall. Doing this puts a lot of pressure and impact onto the wrist, which can easily result in a broken or sprained wrist.
- Elbow injuries. Slip and fall accidents are usually sudden and happen quickly. This leaves little time for the victim to react in order to brace for the landing. The result is often the victim landing on her elbow. Landing on the elbows can cause serious damage, such as an olecranon fracture, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- Shoulder injuries. The shoulder can take a large portion of the impact from a fall. This may result in a broken bone or other serious injury.
These injuries can be painful, they may require extensive medical treatment (sometimes even surgery), and they may keep you out of work for a long time.
How to Protect Your Future
How are you going to pay for the significant medical expenses you face? How are you going to pay your bills while you are out of work? Who is going to take care of your house and family while you can’t lift anything or drive a car?
The reality can be scary, but it is important to know that you are not helpless. You can protect your physical and financial recoveries by…
- Getting immediate medical help.
- Following your doctor’s treatment plan.
- Being cautious about talking to insurance adjusters.
- Maintaining evidence, such as photos and witness contact information, related to your fall accident.
- Contacting a slip and fall attorney as soon as possible after you are hurt.
These five tips can help you get the fair recovery that you deserve so that the impact of your broken bone on your future is minimized.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you take legal action to receive compensation for your losses. Contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free case evaluation.