When customers of restaurants, retailers, and other businesses slip and fall as a result of unsafe premises, they can suffer serious injuries such as pelvic fractures. While serious pelvic injuries aren’t as likely to occur in slip and fall accidents as they are in car accidents, many slip and fall accident victims have been injured in this way.
Anytime people fall to the ground, they can suffer force on their pelvis. As the force from a fall increases, so does a pelvic injury. In order to understand how a pelvic fracture can take place in a slip and fall accident, we should look at the structure of the pelvic bone.
The pelvic bone is a ring of five bones that protect the pelvic floor muscles, bladder, rectum, and intestines. It also stabilizes the body, connects the body to the legs, and helps the spine move. When it is hit just right in a fall, a pelvic fracture can occur which can be very severe. However, not all pelvic injuries are life-threatening. Here are two types of pelvic fractures:
- Stable fracture. This type of pelvic fracture occurs when the bone stays together and when limited bleeding occurs. A person with a stable pelvic fracture can be treated with minimizing weight on the bone and resting. Most of the time, someone with this type of pelvic fracture will need to use crutches and be able to heal without surgery.
- Unstable fracture. If two or more breaks occur in the pelvic bones, it can cause massive amounts of internal bleeding, which can be critical and even life-threatening.
While the severity of the fall will determine the severity of a pelvic injury, it is possible for Florida slip and fall accident victims to suffer severe damage. Because no person will be able to tell from the outside what type of damage was done to the pelvic bones, it is important that all victims of slip and fall accidents seek immediately medical attention in case emergency surgery is necessary.
While a trip to the emergency room might not be what you want, it is better than the alternative. Not only will seeking medical treatment be in your best interest for your health and well-being, but it will help you seek a full recovery for your premises liability claim. You may need to collect money for tests, surgery, crutches, physical therapy, lost income, loss of services and pain and suffering.
Because businesses and their insurance companies often want to deny slip and fall accident claims in Florida and nationwide, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer after seeking medical attention. At the Law Offices of David Benenfeld, a skilled Fort Lauderdale slip and fall attorney will work to get you the full compensation for your pelvic fracture so that you can focus on your physical recovery instead of the financial catastrophe the accident caused. Call today for a free consultation to learn more about your rights at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].