Since we were kids, most of us lose our balance and take a tumble now and again, but a serious slip and fall as an adult can be far more painful and costly in terms of medical bills than most people ever imagine until it happens to them. Sometimes the pain and injuries are immediately clear from a slip and fall, and sometimes it is not until days and even weeks later that the full impact, expense, and pain and suffering from a slip and fall becomes clear, especially where there is impact and injury to the back. Here are five of the more common injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents and what victims can do about it.
A herniated disk is an injury to a person’s spine in which the soft material of a disk between the spinal bones slips out, and can be caused by the trauma of a slip and fall. A herniated disk can cause pain throughout the arms and legs, numbness, and weakness.
Older persons are especially prone to fractures in the pelvis at the base of the spine or in the hips. A broken hip or pelvis can cause immobility, great discomfort, and can often require multiple surgeries and rehabilitation.
One of the worst injuries we see from slip and falls is when a person’s head makes a devastating impact with the ground, shelves, or other objects after a sudden fall. Trauma to the brain and/or head can not only cause lacerations but involve significant loss of motor and cognitive skills, resulting in an inability to work and prolonged pain and suffering.
Other Broken Bones
A sudden fall combined with an impact with the floor, equipment, shelving or other objects can also involve a number of bone fractures, including wrists (especially when a person tries to catch himself), legs, arms, ankles, and tailbone.
Along with traumatic brain injury, one of the most devastating injuries that occur from a slip and fall is damage to a victim’s spine. While not the most common injury from a slip and fall, spinal damage can involve partial or total paralysis, inability to work, and significant pain and suffering.
Winning Recovery in a Slip and Fall Accident
If you have been injured in a slip and fall on another person’s property or due to another person’s actions (e.g. falling on an object left by another in your path), you may be able to recover damages for your lifetime medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering if the defendant was negligent in causing the accident.
Property owners have a duty to make their property reasonably safe so as to avoid slip and falls, for example by regularly patrolling the property for dangerous conditions such as slippery floors or equipment carelessly left in store aisles. If you have been injured in a slip and fall, contact one of the slip and fall attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law™ as quickly as possible, and we will immediately step into action to determine whether you have a case, and, if so, aggressively fight on your behalf to win the recovery you deserve.
Call a New Jersey / New York Slip and Fall Attorney Today
If you have experienced injury from a fall or other dangerous condition on another’s property, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Judd Shaw Injury Law™ – with offices in New Jersey and New York – are here to help. We have won millions in compensation for our clients, and we are here to stand by your side as your allies and champions in winning the recovery you deserve from all potential defendants. Our attorneys have built up a strong reputation for providing compassionate legal counsel to those who have suffered serious injury while aggressively and quickly taking all necessary legal action to recover for our clients to get their lives back to normal by winning compensation for all costs, losses, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to speak to a personal injury attorney about your premise liability accident.