People stumble and fall all the time, so they may not think about the fact that many fall accidents can actually lead to serious injuries. Some of the most severe injuries that can arise from slip and falls include a variety of different back injuries. However, back injuries can range from minor or temporary discomfort, such as soft tissue injuries, to paralysis and other injuries that may never fully heal, such as injuries to the spinal cord.
Some of the most common injuries that result from dangerous falls are soft tissue injuries, such as strains and sprains. Strains and sprains are injuries to a person’s back muscles or tendons. Generally, they do not actually arise from the impact of the fall as much as from twisting or pulling the muscles during the fall. Soft tissue injuries like this tend to be characterized by pain and a decreased range of motion in a person’s back. These sorts of injuries can be treated with pain medication and icing in order to mitigate the symptoms. Generally, these injuries will heal completely over the course of a week or two.
More serious falls may also cause the discs in a person’s spine to rupture or herniate, which involves the bursting and leaking of soft tissue in a person’s back. That tissue can then press on a person’s nerve, causing pain and discomfort. Recovery from these sorts of injuries is possible, though the treatment varies depending on the severity of the rupture. Less serious injuries may be able to be solved with a temporary back brace. More serious ruptures may require other techniques such as injections or manual decompression of the discs.
Falls can also result in nerve compression in a person’s back. Pressure on a person’s nerves can happen through various different ways, but they generally have similar symptoms like pain, stiffness, numbness, weakness in the extremities, and loss of coordination in the hands and feet. There are many different treatments depending on the specific type of injury, but it may involve anti-inflammatory drugs, surgical remedies, or physical therapy.
In more drastic cases, falls can also cause injuries to a person’s spinal cord, a long bundle of nerves that runs down the person’s spine and transmits signals from the brain throughout the body. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis and loss of motor function throughout all or part of a person’s body. Unlike the other injuries on this list, a full recovery following a spinal cord injury is much less likely. The spinal cord is a complex tangle of nerves, and completely healing damage to it is beyond the capacity of current medical treatments. However, there are a variety of different surgical and rehabilitative treatments that do allow patients to make partial recoveries and regain much of their motor skills. Additionally, there are many different medical devices and electronics available to help improve patients’ quality of life.
Injuries suffered from falls can be painful and require expensive medical treatments. If you have hurt yourself as a result of a fall and want to learn about your legal rights, contact a Nevada slip and fall attorney at the Ladah Law Firm, PLLC today. Our firm is available at 702-252-0055 to help you understand your legal options.