People like to believe they maintain a certain level of control over their lives, but unforeseen accidents can occur at any time. Whether we make a misstep while distracted, our body is worn out from work or another driver isn’t paying attention, we can go from a picture of health to the emergency room in a split second. Potential accidents exist all around us.
Injuries don’t only affect our work or how much money we take home. Being hurt goes much further than that. They can affect every aspect of your life. You could lose the ability to workout and stay physically fit, be unable to enjoy long walks with your spouse or just roughhouse with children or grandchildren. Beyond the loss of wages and medical bills, an injury can reduce your quality of life. Consider this list of common accidents and the injuries people sustain from them and how they might affect you.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
There are approximately 260 million motor vehicles operating on America’s roads and highways and 2.3 million people are injured as a result of a car or truck accident every year, according to the Department of Transportation. That’s a tremendous amount of hospital visits and the two most common injuries affect the brain and neck.
- Brain Trauma: While wearing seat belts and having safety devices such as airbags goes a long way to keeping you safe when a moving vehicle crashes.
- Brain injuries are particularly concerning because often few if any, symptoms show immediately. However, that sudden jolt could cause a concussion, bleeding, and bruising of the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can have debilitating short- and long-term effects on your health.
- Neck Injuries: Following the same reasoning, when a vehicle makes impact the neck is violently thrashed around. Neck injuries are most common when you are rear-ended by another vehicle because your head snaps backward rapidly. Drivers and passengers can suffer mild whiplash and strain to severe disc injuries. Soft tissue injuries associated with rear-end collisions are particularly tricky because symptoms can take days or weeks to manifest.
Seniors At Risk for Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents often happen on stairs and areas that are icy, slippery, or poorly lit. For young people, these accidents tend to result in a bump, bruise, twisted ankle or a broken bone. However, falls have a tremendous impact on older people. Each year more than 2.5 million seniors are treated in emergency rooms and 700,000 remain hospitalized due to falls, according to the CDC.
- Hip Fractures: As we get older, our bones become more brittle, which is why more than 95 percent of hip fractures are from falling, often sideways. The damage can require full hip replacements to the ongoing use of a cane or walker.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Negotiating areas with debris or slippery surfaces becomes harder as the lower body loses muscle mass, which is why falls are a common cause of head and brain trauma in seniors, among others.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to an accident, speak with an attorney who can outline your rights and legal recourse. The long-terms effects of a serious or debilitating injury can have negative effects not only on you but on the people in your life as well. The fallout can have more serious implications than medical bills and lost pay. The attorneys at Branch & Dhillon, P.C. provide experienced, effective representation in personal injury matters. If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today. We’re here to help.