Many Mississippi residents assume that slip and fall cases are rare occurrences. However, a quick slip on a freshly mopped floor or icy sidewalk can be the beginning of long recovery process, or worse, permanent damages. Most of these accidents could also have been prevented by a simple sign on the door or other area of a facility. Below are some of the most common injuries, as well as potential dangers, people can face after slip and fall accidents.
The National Safety Council provides an accessible brochure on slips, trips and falls, estimating that such accidents accounted for over 30,000 deaths in 2014. These incidents typically occur around doorways, cluttered aisles and hallways, uneven surfaces, areas prone to wetness and unstable work surfaces. These accidents do not only involve the elderly, either; sometimes, just one misstep on the wrong surface can result in a catastrophe. The NSC encourages the public to maintain awareness of freshly cleaned floors, debris cluttering walkways and of other potential hazards that could threaten safety, no matter the setting.
The Brain Injury Society points out that injuries caused by slip and fall accidents may appear hours or days after a fall has occurred. The BIS also notes that uneven surfaces are the biggest culprits in these cases, which can cause a person to fall backward and suffer serious injuries. Although accidents can happen to anyone, a person's age does factor into the extent of possible damage. Injuries from slip and fall accidents can include: fractures, knee injuries, shoulder injuries and even traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. A slip and fall is not always the ticket to a serious injury, but has the potential of permanently affecting a person's life.