Slip and Fall Accidents Could Change Your Life Forever
After a slip and fall accident, you may feel like you can just get up and walk away. But not every accident is as simple as that. One in five falls is fatal for Hoosiers over the age of 65, and survivors may suffer emotional and mental trauma that will affect them the rest of their lives.
Broken bones hurt — there’s no doubt about that. But the pain doesn’t end there. You may also struggle to pay for your emergency room and x-ray tests. Unexpected medical bills can take a toll on your mental and emotional health too. Stress caused by expensive medical bills can often results in depression, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, and more.
Most slip and fall accidents that result in hospitalizations and serious injury happen to Hoosiers over 65. It’s much easier for seniors to break bones, and many don’t have reserves of cash on hand to pay for the medical bills.
Even low falls can cause severe head injuries. In 2018 alone, over 33,000 Hoosiers suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The CDC identifies 4 categories of common TBI symptoms:
- Physical: Headaches, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to noise or light, balance problems, and lack of energy
- Emotional: Sadness, irritability, increased emotional sensitivity, nervousness, and anxiety
- Sleep-related: Trouble falling asleep, sleeping more or less than usual
- Cognitive: Difficulty thinking, remembering, or feeling slowed down
Some symptoms do not appear right away, but failing to recognize a TBI can lead to fatal consequences. That’s why it is so important to seek medical treatment after a fall, even if you don’t know if your injury was a severe one.
Emotional and psychological trauma
Falls can cause emotional and psychological damage that can affect the rest of your life. You may develop an increased fear of falling after the accident and reduce your physical activity, which will lead to muscle weakness and an increased risk of falling again.
Some may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that could cause symptoms like:
- Flashbacks and nightmares
- Emotional numbness
- Uncontrollable shaking, chills, or rapid heartbeat
- Tension headaches
- Desire to avoid certain people, places, or topics of conversation
- High sensitivity to stimuli
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of concentration
- Mood swings
This type of trauma can change your quality of life for the worse. If you fell because of someone’s negligence, you deserve compensation.
In some slip and fall cases, a person may pass away from their injuries. Falls are a leading cause of death for people over the age of 65. If your loved one suffered a fatal fall because of someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at Hensley Legal Group can help you recover monetary damages to help with expenses. This can include medical bills, funeral costs, and more.
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The business owner may have scary lawyers, but we won’t be intimidated. Our personal injury attorneys are part of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers and have decades of trial experience under their belts. And we work on contingency, which means if we don’t get compensation for you then your case with us is free. We don’t get paid unless you do.
If you were injured because of a property owner’s negligence in Greenwood, Hensley Legal Group can help. Call us at (317) 204-8355, shoot us a text, or chat with us online for a free consultation about your slip and fall.