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These Are The Injuries That Occur In Slip And Fall Accidents

Slip and fall is the common term that is used when a person becomes injured after slipping or tripping on another person’s property. A slip and fall claim is part of a personal injury claim that seeks damages for the injury that occurred.

Injuries That Occur From Slip And Fall Accidents

Nearly everyone has slipped and fallen at least once in their lives. Sometimes these incidents damage little more than your pride. Other times, the damage to your body can be extensive. The most common types of injuries that result from a slip and fall incident include:

Soft tissue injuries. Though they are not visible on the outside, they can cause a lot of pain on the inside. Soft tissue injuries can range from minor muscle sprains to devastating tears of tendons and ligaments. These injuries can cause chronic pain and leave you vulnerable to further injury.

Head injuries. Anyone who hits their head in a fall should seek medical attention. Head injuries are difficult to diagnose on symptoms alone, as even concussion symptoms can take hours to days to present in some cases. While minor concussions can clear up on their own, traumatic brain injuries need medical attention.

Cuts and abrasions. Cuts and scrapes are common in a slip and fall events, and many times they are the most minor of all injuries. Some wounds can be serious enough to require stitches, however, and a heavy fall can cause broken bones under the abrasions.

Broken bones. These can be extremely painful and require a lengthy recovery process. Broken bones can require one or more surgeries to correct the damage. If the tissue surrounding the bones is damaged extensively, it can lead to long-term treatment for chronic pain. Broken bones are impossible to diagnose without an X-ray, requiring immediate medical treatment.

Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries occur when the spinal cord is severed or compressed. This type of injury can be life-threatening, requires immediate medical care, and likely needs ongoing treatment. They are the most expensive type of injury. The damage can range from full paralysis with a high cervical spinal cord injury to lower limb paralysis (and milder) when an injury occurs at the lower spinal cord.

Recoverable Damages

While at home, you might trip over the dog who has quietly taken up the space on the floor near your bedside in the middle of the night. If you have children, any number of toys placed at random intervals around your home can lead to a fall. Out in public, there are many things that can cause you to lose your balance and hit the ground, resulting in injuries. Uneven walkways and surfaces, debris or water spilled on a floor, and even unsafe construction zones can all pose a public slip and fall risk.

These scenarios are often the result of someone else’s negligence. It is the responsibility of a property owner to maintain safe conditions on their property to avoid anyone getting hurt. When they fail to do this, they can become liable when an accident occurs. When you are the victim in a slip and fall case that could have been prevented, you are entitled to compensation.
Compensation for your injuries in a slip and fall accident include:

Medical Bills. As an injured party, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills. This includes any treatment that is necessary, reasonable, and related to the treatment of your injuries.

Future Medical Bills. This can be future physical therapy sessions, further corrective surgeries, or continued medications to treat pain.

Pain and Suffering. Sometimes, you can receive additional compensation due to extreme pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can be tricky to prove, but a personal injury attorney can help you gather sufficient evidence and present your case accurately.

A slip and fall case is never easy to go through, but it helps to have the right attorney by your side to pick you back up.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

These Are The Injuries That Occur In Slip And Fall Accidents

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh

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