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What are some frequent injuries that result from a slip-and-fall accident?

| Mar 18, 2021 | Premises Liability

If you slip and fall, there are several injuries that are common and that you may end up suffering from. Those include injuries such as:

  • Bruises
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Sprains

These injuries are common because of the angle at which people fall and the way they attempt to catch themselves. They may also occur because of the force of the impact and because of what the person comes into contact with while falling.

Bruising

Bruises are among the most common slip-and-fall injuries, but they aren’t usually serious. However, if you do develop excessive bleeding or bleeding from internal injuries, you may see bruising that changes in shape or size. If so, seek immediate medical attention.

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can occur if you hit your head when you fall. If you lose consciousness, you may have a concussion. Regardless of how you feel, if you hit your head, seek medical attention.

Spinal injuries

The spinal column is strong, but falling can cause damage. Disks may slip out of place, or the vertebrae could be damaged. These injuries cause severe pain that may develop immediately or over the next few days. If any loss of sensation or unusual sensations occur, it’s a good idea to see a doctor.

Broken bones

Broken bones are common when people fall, because they usually attempt to catch themselves. Broken elbows, arms, wrists and fingers are most common, particularly when falling forward. Broken bones are usually painful and noticeable, so seek medical help to have the bones set or stabilized.

Sprains

Sprains are also common, because someone may land wrong when falling or twist oddly before or during a fall. Sprains cause significant swelling, and there may be damage to the ligaments or tendons, so they do need medical attention.

These are the most common injuries due to slip-and-fall accidents. If you have slipped and fallen at work, while visiting a business as a guest or in other circumstances, it may be worth looking into your options for making a claim.

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their properties and to make sure they are safe. If you’re hurt, then they may be liable for your injuries.

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