The answer to the question whether falls from heights are worse than being hit by falling objects or vice versa depends very much on where a fall from a height ends and how large a falling object is.
Imagine being on the first-floor balcony of your hotel room. Should you fall off a balcony at this height, your resulting injuries would be far less severe if you were lucky enough to fall into the deep end of the hotel pool than if you were to fall onto stone flooring surrounding it.
Assuming you did not fall, but instead dropped your wallet off the balcony, it is highly likely than anyone being hit on the head by your falling wallet would get away with little to no injury at all.
Accidentally push a full, medium-sized flowerpot off the same balcony, and the outcome could be a far more serious matter.
Someone being struck by a falling object of this size and weight could sustain injuries including cuts and bruises, a dislocated or fractured shoulder; concussion or other, more serious, head injuries.
Falls vs falling objects
Comparing these scenarios makes it clear that sometimes, falling from height can be worse than being hit by a falling object; both cases of falling items described above are likely to cause less severe personal injuries than falling onto a stone floor from the same height.
A large, heavy object hitting you on the head, on the other hand, would definitely be worse than falling into a swimming pool.
The circumstances surrounding accidental injuries matter and can make a significant difference to any injuries, not just those by falling or being hit by falling items.
Take injuries by slipping or tripping, for instance. If you slip or trip in a garden and land on soft, wet ground or grass, your injuries are likely to be restricted to bruises and the odd graze. Trip or slip in a supermarket and bang your head on a shelf and your injuries could include not only cuts and bruises, but fractures, back or head injuries.
Responsibility matters too
It also matters who is responsible for slips, trips and falls or injuries by falling articles, because if someone else caused your injury, you could be entitled to compensation.
Discover when and how to claim for compensation by perusing Accident Advice Helpline’s pages online or by calling our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for confidential advice.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice