Injuries You Can Sustain After A Slip/Trip-And-Fall Accident
A slip/trip-and-fall accident can happen when you least expect it. And since these accidents vary in severity, injuries attributable to slip/trip-and-fall accidents can range from minor bruises to life-threatening ones like traumatic injuries to the brain.
If you are hurt in a slip/trip-and-fall accident that is not your fault, you may be eligible for money damages for your pain and suffering, permanent injuries, medical costs and other related damages through a premises liability lawsuit.
How do slip/trip-and-fall accidents happen?
Slip/trip-and-fall accidents happen when an individual slips or trips and falls while on property that is owned and/or managed by others. The property owner can be held liable for the resulting damages if the hazard which caused the accident had not been repaired despite the owner and/or managing agent having known of the condition or in a situation where they should have known about the dangerous condition for a period of time prior to the accident occurring through proper inspection, maintenance or repair schedules. They can also be held liable if they fail to issue appropriate warnings to the visitors regarding the hazard.
Three serious injuries that you can sustain after a slip/trip-and-fall incident
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) – A traumatic brain injury occurs when a slip/trip-and-fall victim violently strikes their head against a blunt or sharp object during the fall or someone hits his/her head on the ground surface. This can unfortunately result in permanent damage to brain tissue. Some of the TBI symptoms you may experience after a slip-and-fall accident include persistent headaches, loss of balance, memory problems and blurred vision.
Spinal cord injuries – A slip/trip-and-fall victim can easily fracture a spinal bone and damage the spinal cord and other important neurological anatomical structures if the victim lands on or impacts with a hard surface. Depending on the area of damage, spinal cord injuries resulting from slip/trip-and-fall injuries can lead to significant permanent disability including partial or total paralysis.
Hip injuries– These injuries happen when the slip/trip-and-fall victim lands on either side of the hip during impact. Hip injuries can be especially problematic for older folks. Depending on the severity of this injury, a hip injury can permanently impair your mobility.
If you sustained an injury following a slip/trip-and-fall accident attributable to a property owner’s negligence, you need to safeguard your legal rights while holding the property owner accountable for your damages.