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Type of injuries you could experience in a slip-and-fall accident

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Personal Injury

Slip-and-fall accidents happen all of the time. Many of these accidents are caused by slick surfaces, loose rugs, chords, unlevel surfaces, sports accidents, broken steps and more. A victim of a slip and fall can suffer from severe injuries, such as traumatic head and spine trauma. Some of these injuries can lead to long-term disabilities, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, employment loss and financial hardships. 

Here are some injuries common with slip-and-fall accidents:

Traumatic head trauma

A concussion is a common kind of head injury that many victims of slip-and-fall accidents will experience. The victim will often hit their head during the fall on a hard surface, causing the brain to rapidly shake and release chemicals. This strike to the head and the release of chemicals can lead to dizziness, memory loss and unconsciousness. 

Another kind of head trauma that people may experience in a slip and fall is brain bleeding. If the head suffers a strong strike to the skull, the brain could start bleeding. The bleeding can damage cells and tissue, leading to severe cognitive damage. Brain bleeding can lead to seizures, slurred speech and sensory issues.

Traumatic spine injuries

A victim may experience traumatic spine damage in a fall. Herniated discs are especially common in slip and fall accidents. A herniated disc happens when the fluid between vertebrae is pushed out of place, leading to severe pain and flexibility limitations. 

A fall could damage the vertebrae and nerve cells necessary for conducting signals between the spine and brain. As a result, the victim could become paralyzed, which can lead to a loss of control and sensitivity of the body. The victim may become wheelchair-bound and rely on others to help them. 

If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may need to seek legal guidance to learn how to hold liable parties accountable for their negligence.