At one time or another, we’ve all had a sudden slip, trip, and fall. When someone loses their balance, they instinctively will do their best to regain equilibrium. This means throwing out our arms in an attempt to grab onto something, redistribute weight, or to brace for impact. The latter reaction – bracing for impact – can result in serious injuries to the arm and wrist.
The force of falling to the ground, even from a standing position, can rival that of a car accident. Our wrists generally absorb most of the impact and as a result, can suffer a wide variety of injuries. These can include:
- Fractures – There are a variety of small, but hardy, bones that make up the wrist. The radius, the ulna, and the carpals can all suffer severe to small breaks, leading to serious pain.
- Sprains – When the ligaments surrounding the small bones of our wrists are bruised, torn or completely separated, you can suffer what is known as a sprain. Most sprains will heal over time, but some require major surgery.
- Strains – When a tendon is stretched beyond its capacity or severely damaged, it is known as a strain. Tendons in the wrist connect a variety of muscles and smaller bones together and are quite susceptible to injury.
Keep in mind, that while slips, trips, and falls are common during the winter in New Jersey, it may have been a preventable accident. If the negligence of a property manager or owner led to your injuries, you may be able to pursue a claim against them. For more information or to review your case in a confidential setting, contact a New Jersey premises liability attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C.
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