If you fell on the pavement what would you try to do? Obviously you would try to break your fall if you possibly could. This might prevent you from suffering some nasty injuries, even if you may still suffer some problems as a result of your fall.
However even if you can break your fall to some extent, you could still suffer from pavement fall knee injuries. Think about it – if you managed to stop a headlong fall to the floor, you might land on your knees instead.
While they are designed to withstand a certain amount of impact, you could still damage the kneecap or cartilage as a result of cracking your knee like this.
Who is most likely to suffer from pavement fall knee injuries?
You might think the elderly or anyone who is unsteady on their feet might be most likely to suffer these kinds of injury. However the truth is that anyone might potentially be hurt in this way because they could fall onto their knees and suffer considerable damage from the impact. Also, if you already have an injured knee this could be made worse by falling onto it through a trip or fall.
In every case though, you have to have proof that your fall was caused by the condition of the pavement. For example, there might have been a pothole in the surface of the pavement that caused you to lose your footing. On the other hand a paving stone might have been raised significantly when it should have been flat so it did not provide a tripping hazard.
Do you have significant or permanent injuries?
While most people who suffer a fall of this nature end up with minor injuries, some will end up with far worse injuries. For example you might fracture your kneecap, a serious injury that might require you to be in a cast for weeks. In other cases it might require surgery.
Whatever the case may be, if you have suffered an injury of any kind while falling over on a pavement, you should call Accident Advice Helpline. We’ve handled many cases like this in the past 15 years – we might be able to handle yours as well if you call 0800 689 0500. Why not do that now and speak to an expert in this field to learn more about it?
Date Published: August 13, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead