Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in the United States. What makes slip-and-fall accidents so dangerous is that they can occur practically anywhere. Not only are they a potential risk in the workplace, but also in public areas and residential settings.
The range of injuries that result from slip-and-fall accidents goes from minor to catastrophic — or even fatal. Outlined below are three serious injuries that can result from slip-and-fall accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries
Slip-and-fall accidents frequently result in the injured party falling and hitting their head. While head injuries can be minor, it is generally recommended that all head injuries be examined by a medical professional. Unfortunately, head injuries can often be severe. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) could result in both temporary and permanent loss of key bodily functions.
Broken bones and limbs
There are numerous bones that could be fractured during a slip-and-fall accident. Occasionally, the symptoms of broken bones can be minor and the recovery period may be brief. However, more serious breaks can result in chronic pain and a need for multiple surgeries.
Spinal cord injuries
Injuries to the spinal cord typically result from undue pressure being placed on the spine or the spinal cord being severed. Frequently, these injuries can be life-threatening and may involve an extensive recovery process. As well as taking a physical toll, the expense involved in recovering from spinal cord injuries can be significant and a great cause of stress.
Recognizing serious injuries associated with slip-and-fall accidents could be in your best interests. If you have been injured in an accident, a legal path to compensation could be available to you.