The types of injuries that can be caused by accidents, be they incidents at work, crashes on the road or slips and falls in public, are both many and varied. From minor cuts, bumps and bruises to broken bones, severe head injuries and everything in between, even the most innocuous looking accident can cause severe personal injuries.
What are common injuries from slips, trips and falls?
Most slip and fall accidents leave the victim with bruises or grazes that don’t require any significant medical attention. However, sometimes the accident is considerably more serious and can cause far more painful injuries. Dislocations, for example, can be an enormously painful consequence of a trip or fall.
What causes dislocations?
Dislocations occur when a joint experiences either an unexpected or unbalanced impact. Such incidents put the joint in question under an unnatural amount of pressure and forces the bone to pop out of the joint in which it encased.
Unexpected blows cause dislocations simply because the body and joint are not prepared for it. This means the joint is not steeled or braced for impact and can therefore, be forced into unnatural movements.
Unbalanced impact simply means putting too much sudden force on one particular area of a joint which is not strong enough to withstand it. For example, experiencing a strong force to the outside of the knee whilst your foot is planted can cause the knee to give way and collapse inward, dislocating the joint.
In the immediate aftermath of a trip or fall accident, it is unlikely that you are in control of your limb movements. All too easily, they can be forced into unnatural positions and movements, causing dislocations.
Why are dislocations dangerous?
Dislocations following trips and falls can cause serious problems because of the extent to which they can damage ligaments and tendons. Soft tissue injuries are notoriously complicated in terms of healing and recovery. In fact, it is sometimes easier to recover from a broken bone as that only needs resetting whilst torn ligaments and tendons need gentle nursing back to full health.
If you suffer a dislocation after an accident in public, at work or elsewhere, that wasn’t your fault, then call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert legal team can establish the strength of any claim for personal injury compensation you may be able to make. They work on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice