Falls are a leading cause of both serious injury and death for Americans over the age of 65. They are also alarmingly common, with an elderly individual falling every second of every day. While seniors may suffer traumatic brain injuries or other life-altering injuries in a slip-and-fall accident, serious joint injuries are increasingly common.
Following any slip-and-fall accident, it is a good idea to seek a full medical evaluation. After all, some injury symptoms may not appear immediately after a fall. When talking to a doctor, it is important to mention any joint pain or mobility issues you are experiencing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 300,000 older adults require hospitalization for hip fractures, with 95% of hip fractures happening during falls. Those with broken hips often require surgery and then face a long road to recovery.
Just as it is possible to break a hip in a slip-and-fall accident, you may fracture an elbow. The tendons and other connective tissues in your elbows are likewise vulnerable to damage in a fall. That is, a fall may leave you with sprained, stretched or torn ligaments.
Your rotator cuff is the collection of tendons and muscles in your shoulder that holds arm bones in place and facilitates movement. A torn rotator cuff may require a surgical repair. Regrettably, following surgery, you may develop scar tissue that restricts arm movement for the rest of your life.
Even though shoulder and other joint damage may be serious, you probably do not have to face your recovery without some help. If someone caused or contributed to your slip-and-fall injury, you may be eligible for financial compensation.