Common Injuries Sustained in Trip and Fall Accidents
What are the Most Common Slip and Fall Accidents?
Trip and fall and slip and fall accidents are some of the most serious that not everyone recognizes. However, these types of accidents can cause significant injuries to anyone who experiences this situation. Unfortunately, many slip and fall accidents are caused by the negligent actions of a land or property owner. For those harmed, knowing which injuries may be sustained can help in legal matters to pursue action against the negligent party.
Spinal Cord Damage
When someone slips and falls or trips and falls, they may fall backward with their feet leaving the floor. This could cause a significant impact on their back, potentially damaging the discs or nerves. It can also cause damage to the spinal cord itself which can have long-reaching and even permanent consequences. the spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that are contained in the bony sections of the spine known as vertebrae. The spinal cord is responsible for communicating all kinds of essential information about your body and any damage to it can interfere with that communication. Essentially, things like sensations, control of certain organs, and control of limbs are part of that information that is sent through the spinal cord to and from the brain. When you fall and land on your back in a bad way, your spinal cord can sometimes sustain direct damage from the trauma of hitting the ground. Other times, the force of the fall can cause a disc to slip in the spine, vertebrae to fracture, or vertebrae to become misaligned which can damage the spinal cord by putting pressure on it or tearing it. This damage can lead to loss of sensation, incontinence, spasms, and even paralysis to name a few symptoms.
Head and Brain Injuries
When someone falls, it can be difficult to stop the force of their body and slow down potential impact. This puts the head at serious risk of contact with the ground. The movement and impact on the brain can cause serious concussions or long-term injuries. Injuries, where the brain suffers damage because of a blow to the head, are called traumatic brain injuries. With a traumatic brain injury, the damage that is done to the brain can cause serious issues with a person’s cognitive abilities. This damage can also end up being permanent in many cases. some of the more common traumatic brain injuries that people suffer because of a slip and fall include concussions, brain contusions, and intracranial hematomas.
When individuals fall in any situation, it’s easy to want to put your hands down to slow down the impact to the rest of your body. Unfortunately, this puts your hands, fingers, wrists, and arms at risk because the impact can break bones or cause fractures.
Many of these injuries have a long-term effect on the individual who falls, making it necessary to understand the legal rights that are available. These injuries can keep individuals out of work for an extended period of time and result in high medical bills.
As such, our Florida premises liability lawyers at Viles & Beckman work hard to help you understand your legal rights and options moving forward when negligence causes a slip or trip and fall. We have a firm understanding of the law in the state and what it needed to move forward.
Regardless of whether your injury occurred on a residential, business, or governmental property, we help protect your rights to pursue compensation. Negligence is not acceptable, and we work hard to seek the justice you deserve.
Call (239) 334-3933 today to speak with us in a free consultation.
About the Author of this Page: The above information was written or reviewed by one of the attorneys at Viles & Beckman LLC who have a combined experience of nearly 60 years: Marcus Viles, Michael Beckman or Maria Alaimo. The information provided in this article comes from years of experience trying legal cases outside and inside courtrooms throughout Florida along with extensive research.