What are common injuries I could suffer in a slip and fall accident?
Being injured in a slip and fall accident can result in dramatic changes to your life for months or even permanently. It can be overwhelming to deal with the cost of your medical care and the loss of your wages while you are unable to work. While the business or property owner who caused your fall could be responsible for compensating you, you will need the assistance of an experienced slip and fall attorney to fight for the compensation you need and deserve.
What Are Common Injuries Caused in Slip and Fall Accidents?
According to the National Safety Council, unintentional falls are the third leading cause of deaths in the United States. Just like the causes and locations of slip and fall accidents are varied, so are the injuries that you could suffer. Some common injuries caused by these accidents include:
Sprains and broken bones. If you trip or slip and fall, you could twist your ankle, knee, or wrist, or break an arm, leg, or vertebrae. Unless you suffer only a minor sprain, you could need months of physical therapy and possibly surgery to repair the damage caused by your fall.
Hip fractures. Hip fractures are common in a slip and fall accident, especially if the victim is an older adult. If you suffer a hip fracture, you will most likely need surgery and months of rehabilitation while you regain your strength to walk again. In addition, you could suffer serious complications—some life-threatening.
Spinal cord injuries. The force of the impact in a fall can cause the vertebrae in the spine to fracture or cause a slipped or herniated disk. These injuries may cause you to suffer with pain and limitations of movement. If the spinal cord is injured, you could become partially or completely paralyzed and need expensive medical treatments and assistance with day-to-day needs for the rest of your life.
Shoulder injuries. Another common injury caused by a slip and fall accident is a shoulder dislocation, which is also referred to as a brachial plexus injury. If your shoulder is dislocated, the network of nerves connecting your spine to your arm, hand, and shoulder can be damaged, causing you to experience pain and limitations in your ability to move your shoulder, arm, and hand.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injury and other head injuries can be caused by the blunt force to the head in a fall. TBI can cause you to suffer changes to your vision, hearing, and mobility. In addition, you can suffer debilitating changes to your reasoning abilities, memory, concentration, and emotions that can prevent you from working, taking care of yourself, and enjoying your family.
Did you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident? The negligent business’ or property owner’s insurance company may try to claim that you were at fault in causing your accident or that your injuries were not that serious in an effort to deny or reduce your claim. Let us help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our office to schedule a free consultation with a member of our slip and fall accident legal team.