Common Injuries From Slip and Fall Accidents
More than one million people are seriously hurt — and an estimated 17,000 are killed — in slip and fall accidents each year. Many of these accidents occur on streets, sidewalks, elevators and stairways in New York City. They happen at stores, schools, shopping malls, playgrounds, amusement parks, hotels, theaters and other public places throughout New York.
Have you or someone you know been injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property in New York City? If so, contact an experienced New York slip and fall attorney for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call David Resnick & Associates, P.C., at 212-279-2000 or use this online contact form to learn about your legal rights and options.
NYC Slip and Fall Injuries
Usually it is the sudden, violent contact between a human body and a hard surface that causes harm in a slip and fall accident. Sometimes the damage occurs when a person extends an arm or twists the torso to brace themselves for the fall.
Common slip and fall injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Loss of mobility
- Memory and cognitive impairment
- Broken backs and slipped disks
- Cuts and lacerations
- Chronic pain
- Painful sprains
- Broken hip
- Broken pelvis
- Shoulder injuries
- Torn tendons and ligaments in legs, knees, feet and wrists
- Long-term or permanent disability
Some slip and fall injuries are not immediately apparent. Symptoms of a closed-head injury, for example, might not show up for days or weeks after the accident occurs.
Slip and Fall Injuries and the Elderly
Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control. These falls cause severe injuries and increase the risk of early death.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) for adults over 65.
- In 2000, TBI accounted for 46 percent of fatal falls among older adults.
- Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common are fractures of the spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand.
- In 2010, emergency rooms treated 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries to older adults. More than 662,000 of the patients were hospitalized.
- Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their risk of another fall.
Slip and Fall Injuries to Children
Children are also at an increased risk of injury from slip and fall accidents. Many of these injuries occur on playgrounds.
- About 45 percent of playground-related injuries are severe — fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations and amputations.
- About 75 percent of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds, mostly at schools and daycare centers.
- Between 1990 and 2000, a total of 147 children ages 14 and younger died in playground accidents, many from falls off equipment to the playground surface.
Contact a New York City Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, get a free consultation with an experienced New York City slip and fall lawyer. The slip and fall litigation team at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., has a track record of getting for maximum financial compensation for injured people and their families.
We obtained a $200,000 settlement for a man who slipped on a wet bathroom floor in a movie theater and $250,000 for a man who slipped and fell on an icy street.
Call the New York personal injury lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., at 212-279-2000 or use this online contact form. We serve Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City.