Broken Bones After a Slip and Fall
Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in Indiana Can Help Victims Who Suffer Broken Bones After a Slip and Fall Due to a Negligent Defendant
One of the most common personal injuries in any type of accident is a broken bone. The CDC reports that one out of ever five falls causes a broken bone or other serious injury. This is particularly true in slip, trip, and fall accidents where individuals could suffer a fractured bone or broken bone in a number of ways. Depending on the location of the injury, some broken bones after a slip and fall may require surgery and take a prolonged period of time to heal.
At McKibben Shaw Law, our bodily injury law firm is dedicated to representing victims and their families throughout Indiana after a serious, life-changing, or fatal accident. Our skilled and experienced slip and fall lawyers in Indiana have helped countless individuals recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, and for conscious pain and suffering, Our personal injury law firm offers FREE consultations and only has our legal fees paid after we recover compensation for you in a settlement, verdict, or other award. Learn what we can do for you by scheduling your FREE appointment with our compassionate staff today.
What is a Broken Bone?
The human body is comprised of 206 different bones, and potentially each of those bones is vulnerable to a fracture after a fall if it is serious enough. Breaks are also referred to as fractures, and they come in two main types:
Simple Fracture - A simple break is a closed fracture, and the bone does not break through the skin, and the healing process is much easier. Oftentimes the fracture is non-displaced, meaning that the broken pieces are not misaligned.
Compound Fracture - A compound fracture happens when the bone breaks through the skin. This type of fracture is often incredibly painful and damaging to surrounding tissue. It almost always requires surgery to repair the damage done and the bones are always displaced, meaning they are misaligned.
Specific Types of Broken Bones
There are many different types of broken bones, including the following:
- Stable fracture - another way of saying a non-displaced fracture
- Open or compound fracture - when the bone pierces through the skin
- Transverse fracture - horizontal break
- Linear fracture - vertical fracture
- Spiral fracture - twisting, corkscrew break
- Greenstick break - when the bone bends and cracks
- Oblique fracture - angled fracture
- Comminuted fracture - breaks into three or more pieces
- Compression fracture - when the bone is crushed into itself
- Several other types of fractures and injuries to the bone.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of broken bone in a personal injury accident, contact our experienced slip and fall lawyers in Indiana who can recover compensation for you in a lawsuit.
Causes of Broken Bones After a Slip and Fall
There are many causes of a broken bone after a slip in fall due to the negligence of a defendant. Some of the most common causes include the following:
- Dirty premises
- Wet floors
- Product spills
- Snow and ice accumulations
- Improperly built stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Uneven flooring
- Holes in the ground
- Soap and wax buildup or improper use on floors
- No handrails were required
- Debris on the floor, and
- Many other common hazards that could cause a person to slip, trip, and fall.
Risk Factors for Broken Bones After a Slip and Fall
There are risk factors that make some people more susceptible to breaking a bone after a slip and fall than other people. According to the CDC, $3 million senior citizens go to the emergency room each year for fall injuries. This means many factors associated with age cause falls. Vitamin D is responsible for keeping bones strong, and so it makes sense that those who are low or deficient in this vitamin may have weaker bones, bones that may be brittle or that may break more easily.
People who are not steady on their feet, or who have an uneven gait when walking may slip and fall more easily. Anyone who is taking a medicine, whether or not that medicine is over the counter or if it is prescribed by a medical professional, may affect a person’s stability.
Even someone with low blood pressure might find themselves dizzy if they move too quickly from one position to another. Anyone who does not see perfectly or properly may slip and fall if something was in their way and they did not see it in time to react without falling.
But it is not only people with health conditions that find themselves the victim of a broken bone after a slip and fall. Perfectly healthy and strong people can also find themselves in this situation. Those who wear ill-fitting shoes or the wrong kind of footwear for a particular activity may slip and fall. Any one of these conditions can increase a person’s risk factors for breaking a bone after a slip and fall, therefore, the more of these factors that exist for someone, the higher the probability that they will be injured badly enough to break a bone.
Emotional Harm and Broken Bones
In addition to the broken bones that happen after a slip and fall, some people become so fearful of hurting themselves again that they retreat from activities that they used to enjoy, or from work or projects that they used to do. This can cause anxiety and depression, and can affect professional and familial relationships in a negative way. A person’s mental health is not the only thing that is comprised in this situation.
The longer someone stays physically inactive and does not exercise or even walk, their muscles become atrophied from under use and this makes them weaker overall. This cycle of inactivity means that a weaker person is more likely to be the victim of yet another slip and fall, potentially breaking another bone.
Did Broken Bones After a Slip and Fall in Indiana Harm You? Learn How We Can Help
Learn how our experienced slip and fall lawyers in Indiana at McKibben Shaw Law can recover compensation for you such as medical bills, lost wages, loss consortium, and for your conscious pain and suffering. Our bodily injury law firm is dedicated to supporting the rights of victims and their families after any type of premises liability case involving a slip, trip, and fall.
If you or a loved one suffered any type of personal injuries after an accident on the property of another, call the experienced slip and fall lawyers in Indiana at McKibben Shaw Law to learn how we can help protect your rights. We will not let insurance adjusters and overly aggressive defense lawyers protect dangerous landowners or tenants. Learn how we can recover you compensation and hold negligent defendants responsible.
Our experienced team can help you and your family recover the compensation that you need to reimbursement your expenses and compensation you for your physical pain, suffering, and agony. Any type you fall on the property of another person, business, or government entity, ask our experienced slip and fall lawyers in Indiana for help.
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