A trip, slip and fall accident can happen anywhere: in your home, at a friend’s, at the grocery store or at your favorite restaurant. If someone else’s negligence resulted in your slip-and-fall, you may pursue them for the resulting economic and non-economic damages.
A slip-and-fall accident can lead to a variety of injuries. And while some of these injuries may not be as serious, others can be life-threatening. Here are some of the catastrophic injuries you need to look out for if you slip, trip and fall.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
According to CDC, slips and falls are some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. These injuries happen if you slam your head on a hard surface like concrete during the fall resulting in bruising and bleeding to the brain. They can also happen when you hit your head on a sharp edge or pointed object during the impact resulting in the piercing of the brain.
Some of the TBIs you can sustain following a slip-and-fall accident include contusion, concussion and hematoma.
Spinal cord injuries
This is, perhaps, one of the most devastating injuries you can suffer following a slip-and-fall accident. From torn ligaments to pinched nerves and crushed discs, spinal cord injuries can come in a variety of forms. Depending on the nature of the injury, a slip-and-fall accident can result in either partial or complete paralysis. Here are three types of spinal cord injuries you can suffer after a slip-and-fall accident: tetraplegia, triplegia and paraplegia.
Many situations can cause a trip, slip and fall accident. Knowing your legal options can help you pursue damages if you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident that is not your fault.