Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Injury Treatment
If you are or have been involved in some type of slip and fall accident in Atlanta, the chances of you straining or breaking one of your limbs significantly increases because of the way in which you fall.
If you happen to slip and fall forward, your body is naturally inclined to put your arms and hands out in an effort to cushion yourself. This type of reaction can leave you with a sprained wrist or a broken arm, depending on the extent of the fall.
Conversely, falling backwards tends to see people landing on the back of their head, causing a concussion, or some type of back and neck injury.
SLIP AND FALL STATISTICS
Whether you are injured from falling down the stairs at home or from a slippery surface at your job, the results of these accidents are devastating in more than one way.
The National Floor Safety Institute offers the following statistics that highlight the type of impact slip and fall accidents have on those affected, the environment, and the economy.
- 95 million workdays per year are lost due to slip-and-fall injuries.
- Fall fatalities are nearly equally divided between men and women. However, more women will experience a slip-and-fall accident. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, falls accounted for 5% of the job-related fatalities for women compared to 11% for men.
- Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%).
- Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
- Fractures are the most serious consequences of falls and occur in 5% of all people who fall.
- Slips and falls represent the primary cause of lost days from work.
- Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and are the leading cause of occupational injury for people aged 55 years and older.
- Falls account for 87% of all fractures among people over the age of 65 and are the second leading cause of spinal cord and brain injury.
- Falls represent 40% of all nursing home admissions and are the sixth leading cause of death among people aged 70 years or older.
- 85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition).
INJURIES RELATED TO SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
Some of the most common injuries and symptoms our Chiropractors treat when dealing with slip and fall accidents, include:
- Joint pain
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Torn muscle
- Torn ligament
- Broken bones.
Some of these conditions are a result of contusions that develop within your nervous system. If you have pinched or damaged your nerves as a result of your fall, the paths your nerves and blood flow through are narrowed, essentially preventing your body from communicating with itself. This environment also diminishes and slows your body’s natural recovery process.
Bruises are evidence of contusions and they can be treated by applying cold packs or ice and compression, as well as elevating the injured limb.
THE BEST ADVICE IS TO CALL AICA ATLANTA
That’s because we treat all of these injuries.
While you can avoid many slip and fall accidents when proper safety precautions are followed, when someone is negligent, you pay the price. The good news is that our experienced Atlanta slip and fall doctors and chiropractors can help you with many of the repercussions of a slip and fall.
We give you what you need to heal.
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Georgia’s State Legislation Regarding Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the State of Georgia’s current legislation regarding slip and fall accidents, any person injured in a slip and fall accident must align with the following considerations in order to move forward with a justified lawsuit.
- The owner of the property had sufficient knowledge of the dangerous condition(s) or was at least aware of potential threat.
- The victim of the slip and fall accident was not aware or notified of the dangerous condition.
In order to prove that the property owner or manager was aware the dangerous condition(s), an attorney must present evidence that demonstrates that the potential threat had existed over a long enough period of time where it should have been discovered through scheduled inspections required by state law.
All Georgia personal injury cases, including slip-and-fall lawsuits, also consider all circumstances and actions conducted by the accident victim in order to determine if they are at fault or share some of the responsibility.
If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident and engaged in some type of activity that is considered to be careless by a court, you can be held responsible for all damages, including financial costs.
Georgia state law dictates that if you are found to be at fault, then you do not deserve to be compensated for any damage sustained.
Filing A Slip and Fall Lawsuit In The State of Georgia
If you’re considering filing a lawsuit after being involved in a slip and fall accident, understand that the statute of limitations that will affect any claim made in the State of Georgia.
Under Georgia Code section 9-3-33, the law states that, “Actions for injuries to the person shall be brought within two years after the right of action accrues.”
This means that anyone who is involved in a slip and fall accident and wants to file lawsuit against the property owner, they have two years to do so from the original date that the accident took place.
Whether your accident resulted in hurt vertebrae, pulled muscles, ligament strains or tears, AICA’s board-certified medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic, and physical therapists will find the treatment that will carry you toward full and complete recovery.
No injury is too minor or severe.
Come to one of our treatment centers today. You’ll receive excellent care, including a proper diagnosis of your specific condition and the best care.
GET THE DOCUMENTS YOU NEED
If you were injured through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to a cash settlement for lost wages, medical bills, and general pain and suffering. And, while you may be planning to hire an attorney and file a claim – without proper documentation – you’ll receive no settlement.
That’s why you need to call the doctor first. Our Slip and Fall Injury Treatment Centers specialize in assisting with personal injury claims, and we are experienced at helping you gather the documentation that you will need to move forward with your case.
Patients of AICA clinics enjoy exceptional treatment for their slip and fall injuries. Many of our patients have also receive treatment at no personal costs. We accept most insurance plans and have worked with thousands of injury cases.
HAVE YOUR SURVIVED A SLIP AND FALL?
Think about what it’s like living in the South.
Not only do we have to deal with hot summers and cold winters, but there are the hazards that come with each. Admittedly, we’ve got more hot times than cold, and so when the freezing days come we’re not so prepared.
It takes you by surprise – one moment you’re walking without a care, and the next you’re in space, your feet are off the ground but you realize that you’re coming down to earth fast. Then the crash; it happens before your body can process the damage. Three, two, one…Smack!
The impact blows the breath straight out of your lungs. Then comes the pain. You’re on your back. Dazed; you try to move. Your hips! The pain attacks you – and with a sinking stomach you feel something’s not right.
It’s not supposed to hurt that much.
Now, slip and falls happen all of the time, for all kinds of reasons. Often they happen because of gross negligence on the part of someone who is not the victim. Regardless, every year slip and fall accidents send over a million people flailing and puts thousands into the hospital across the country.
Broken wrists, broken ankles and most frightening, broken hips, abound. They’re everywhere because of bad weather, mistakes and thoughtlessness.
HOW TO AVOID A SLIP AND FALL
First, you have to look where you’re going. Don’t tread over loose rugs and carpets, over ice and rough ground. Wear the best shoes that you can buy, with solid soles and a good hug around your foot. It’s even important for everyone to emplace handles in their bathroom showers – this can help all ages of people, not just the elderly.
Protect Your Home
Good housekeeping is the first and the most important consideration for preventing falls at home. Review the following practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of injuring yourself:
- Clean spills immediately.
- Mark area that are wet or slippery.
- Mop up or sweep fallen debris off of the floors.
- Remove any existing obstacles from walkways and always keeping them free of anything that could be tripped over.
- Secure down any mats, rugs or carpets.
- Always close any open file cabinets or drawers.
- Cover up any cables that cut into or across walkways.
- Keep all working areas and walkways well lit, especially at night.
Keep Your Work Environment Safe
- Take your time and make sure to pay attention to the type of surface you walk on.
- Adjust your stride to a comfortable pace that is suitable for the walking surface and the tasks you are performing.
- Try to make wider turns when coming around corners.
WHAT GETS HURT IN A SLIP AND FALL
Your hip is at great risk in a slip and fall. While the hip is most fragile among those who are over 60 years old, a slip and fall can sometimes be serious enough that any injury should be examined by a specialist.
So make sure that after an injury, you contact the experienced hands at AICA. We’ll even pick you up if you can’t get to us on your own because of your injuries.
Before you let the pain go on for another day… Call AICA.
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