Slip and fall victims can sustain traumatic injuries that cause them pain and leave them unable to work for extended periods of time and, sometimes, indefinitely. Left with medical expenses and limited income, these injury victims are hurting physically and financially. The law does, however, provide a way for slip and fall victims to seek compensation for the harm they have suffered due to a negligent property owner. This is done through bringing a personal injury claim and it can bring injury victims much needed compensation during a very difficult time.
Injuries You May Sustain in a Slip and Fall Accident
Injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents can run a wide range in nature and severity. Let’s take a look at some of the injury types that are sustained in such accidents:
- Broken bones: Bone fractures and breaks are quite common in slip and fall accidents. The force of impact from the fall can put enough pressure on bones to crack and, unfortunately, this type of injury is often very painful and requires an extensive recovery process. Bone fractures can occur in a number of different areas, but the bones most commonly put at risk in a slip and fall accident include the hips, arms, legs, and wrists.
- Sprains and strains: Sprains or strains of ligaments can also occur as a result of a slip and fall. This is due to ligaments tearing during the fall. Ligament injuries can not only be painful, but can take an extended period of time to heal due to the fact that they do not receive a lot of blood.
- Traumatic brain injuries: A traumatic brain injury may be sustained regardless of whether a slip and fall victim hits their head. Either the force of impact or the brain receives an extreme jolt in the fall, a traumatic brain injury may result. These are very serious injuries and, unfortunately, are left untreated far too often. Failure to diagnose and treat a traumatic brain injury can lead to secondary injuries even more serious than the initial trauma so be sure to talk to your doctor about any related symptoms you may experience.
- Spinal injuries: Injury to the cervical or lumbar spine, either to the discs of the nerves, can lead to intense pain and mobility issues. Those who suffer such injuries may experience weakness, tingling and numbness.
- Cuts and bruises: Cuts and bruises may arise in a slip and fall due to either internal or external damage sustained in the fall. These can be more than just uncomfortable. When not properly cared for, wounds can become infected and cause a whole other set of health complications. Furthermore, wound scarring can lead to notable and permanent disfigurement.
Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a slip and fall, consult the knowledgeable personal injury team at BoyesLegal, APC about your options for pursuing compensation for your losses. Contact us today.