How To Minimize Injuries From A Slip & Fall
Slip & Falls Impact Some People more than Others
In the past, we have discussed some of the serious risks of slip-and-fall accidents for elderly adults. Slip-and-falls are often cited as the reason for emergency room visits, and these types of injuries overwhelmingly impact adults who are aged 65 and older. Slip-and-falls also cause an increased risk of traumatic brain injury in this population demographic.
There are certain steps you can take in your own home to minimize the hazards of a slip-and-fall, but knowing how to fall safely can help you minimize the severity of your injuries if you are involved in such an accident.
Tips for Falling Safely
Assuming you aren’t a professional soccer player or gymnast, you likely haven’t learned how the correct way to fall. When you were young, your body was more resilient and could easily bounce back from a fall. However, as you have grown older and wiser, just stumbling can easily result in severe injuries.
If you experience a slip-and-fall on the sidewalk, you can have a degree of control over the severity of the incident. You have to teach your body how to react appropriately:
- Limbs. When you feel that you are losing balance, you will instinctually reach out to support yourself. However, landing on straight arms is a sure-fire way to sustain a broken wrist or jammed elbows. You should instead tuck your limbs into your body in order to avoid falling onto your joints.
- Direction. Directing your fall can have a major effect on your resulting injuries. It is most dangerous to fall directly forward or backward -- as it makes you more likely to experience trauma to the spine, hit your head, or whiplash. Pivoting can help redirect your fall onto the side -- hopefully landing on a more padded area of the body, such as the rear, thigh, or shoulder. This can greatly reduce the severity of your injuries.
- Tension. Most people aren’t used to falling, so the sensation of plummeting toward the ground is likely unfamiliar and will naturally cause your body to become tense. In the case of drunk driving crashes, the resulting injuries experienced by the drunk driver are often much less severe than those experienced by other accident victims. This is because intoxicated motorists are too impaired to tense up leading up to a crash. Being relaxed during the accident can help you move with the fall instead of fighting against it.
A slip-and-fall can happen to nearly anyone at any time, but reacting correctly can make the difference between severe and minor injuries.
Slip & Fall Injuries in New Mexico
Slip-and-falls are often sudden, taking many people by surprise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of victims who are injured in a slip-and-fall sustain severe injuries. Not only this, but slip-and-falls are responsible for more than 19,000 deaths each year.
The legal team at Will Ferguson & Associates understands that dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident can be difficult. Luckily, our team of Albuquerque slip-and-fall lawyers is here to help. Give us a call at (505) 243-5566 if you or a loved has been unfairly injured in a slip-and-fall.