Nearly everyone experiences a fall every now and then, and brushing these accidents off often seems easy. However, falls lead to thousands of serious injuries in the United States every year.
Whether you frequently work on elevated surfaces such as a ladder or you have a desk job, you should understand the potential severity of fall accidents and prevent them where possible.
Common injuries from falls
While minor falls may result only in small amounts of bruising or even no injuries at all, falls from any height can have serious consequences. The list includes some potential injuries after a fall:
- broken or fractured bones
- head or brain injuries
- deep abrasions or cuts
- spine or back injuries
In some cases, these injuries cause life-changing damage. Some people, such as children and older individuals, may have a greater risk of falling during day-to-day activities. Others may work jobs that put them at an increased risk.
Getting proper care after a fall
When you or someone around you falls, you may not know what the next step should involve. Generally, if a fall causes extreme or lingering pain you should consider seeing a doctor just in case. If a fall results in hitting your head, seeing a medical professional in a timely manner can become even more critical.
In California, you may qualify for workers’ compensation if you receive an injury on the job. Regardless of where or how the fall occurs, if it results in a serious injury you should take the time to properly document the situation and explore your rights and options.
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