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3 catastrophic injuries in slip-and-fall accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Slips, Trips And Falls

When people fall and get injured, they may not follow up seriously, leaving them and their loved ones footing the medical bills and other expenses related to the injury. However, slip-and-fall accident victims may be able to seek compensation if they can demonstrate that the accident occurred due to negligence on the part of the property owner or another responsible party.

Slip-and-fall accidents, especially those occurring in public places or commercial establishments, can result in the following catastrophic injuries.

1. Traumatic brain injuries

Falling and hitting or jolting the head can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which occur when the brain is subjected to a sudden impact against the skull. TBIs can vary in severity, ranging from concussions to brain damage and even death. Symptoms of TBIs can include headaches, dizziness, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, mood changes and in severe cases, loss of consciousness or coma. 

2. Spinal injuries

In extreme cases, such as landing on the back or neck in a slip-and-fall accident, spinal injuries can occur. These injuries can range from minor fractures or sprains to severe spinal cord damage, resulting in loss of sensation and function below the site of injury. Spinal injuries can have devastating consequences, impacting a person’s ability to move, feel and control bodily functions.

3. Fractures and orthopedic injuries

Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to severe fractures, particularly in areas like the hips, wrists, arms and legs. These fractures can range from simple to complex fractures that require surgical intervention to repair. Orthopedic injuries resulting from slips and falls can cause significant pain, limited mobility and long-term complications such as chronic joint stiffness or arthritis.

Personal injury attorneys can provide guidance and representation to help ensure slip-and-fall accident victims receive compensation for their injuries and losses.