With inclement weather starting to roll in, the number of slip-and-fall accidents throughout the greater Denver Metro and surrounding areas is sure to increase. Property owners and businesses have a responsibility to keep their premises safe for visitors; however, even when property owners try to keep their sidewalks and other areas clear of snow, ice and debris, slip-and-fall accidents can still happen. Sometimes, those who experience these accidents are not fully aware of the extent of their injuries.
Types of injuries one can sustain in a slip-and-fall accident
Slip-and-fall accidents most often lead to a host of orthopedic injuries, particularly to the legs, wrists, hips and arms. Victims can also suffer sprains and fractures along with bruising and lacerations. The following lists some of the most common types of injuries suffered in these kind of accidents:
- Broken bones in the arms, wrists and legs
- Hip fractures and other joint problems
- Sprained or torn ligaments and tendons
Especially for older adults, these types of injuries can have long-term adverse effects on a victim’s quality of life. Treatment will obviously depend on the nature and severity of the injuries, which may also require surgery and/or extensive rehabilitation to achieve full recovery.
What to do after a fall
Victims who suffer injuries following a slip-and-fall accident should always seek medical treatment as soon as possible, even if they don’t think their injuries are serious. Some soft-tissue injuries may not present symptoms immediately and will only become apparent after a few hours of even days. This is why is it important to get medical attention first and foremost then speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to understand one’s rights regarding seeking compensation for expenses resulting from the accident.