Types of Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most unexpected and terrifying incidents that can happen to you. In fact, slip and fall accidents account for eight million emergency room visits a year. One reason slip and falls can be so frightening is that they can happen anywhere and when you least expect it. They can happen while you’re shopping at your local retailer, while you’re walking through a parking lot, or even while you are working at your job.
There are many types of injuries that you can sustain during a fall. Accurate information about your injuries will help your doctors build better treatment plans, and it will help your attorneys produce a stronger case for you.
Injuries caused by falls, trips, or slips can have severe repercussions on your long-term health. Because slip and fall injuries require rest to heal, you may need to take off work to recover fully. Not working can cause the already high costs of a slip and fall to skyrocket. You shouldn’t have to cover these costs alone.
Filing a lawsuit is often the only way to get the property owner to take responsibility for their negligence. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Florida or Georgia, contact Farah & Farah. We’re ready to help you fight for the justice and peace of mind you deserve.
Common Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident
There are many types of injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls. Unfortunately, these injuries are not mutually exclusive, and often people have a mix of injuries as a result of their slip and fall. After a slip and fall accident, it is a good idea to properly document any injuries with medical records and photographs to help your settlement.
While it is impossible to catalog every possible slip and fall injuries, some common injuries include:
Bruises and Cuts
Internal or external damage during a slip a fall can cause cuts or bruises on your skin. Disfigurement is a significant impairment, and it can infringe on your quality of life. Sometimes these outward injuries can be signs of deeper issues.
Shoulder Dislocation and Muscle Strains
Shoulder injuries are common during a slip and fall. Often this injury is the result of reaching out for help during your incident and landing on your shoulder. Usually, a shoulder dislocation requires surgery. Healing from a dislocation is a long road to recovery, and it may require long-term care with an intensive treatment plan.
Knee damage may be a result of your body twisting erratically during a slip and fall. The function of your knee depends on the complicated working relationship between ligaments and bone. Damage to essential ligaments like the MCL or ACL can take substantial time to deal. Other knee injuries include kneecap dislocation, which can require costly knee reconstruction surgery.
Sprained Ankles or Wrists
Often falls occur because you are making an unusual step onto an uneven surface. Sprains can also result from trying to use your arms to cushion your fall. Damaged ligaments take a long time to heal. Sprains can significantly disrupt your life. Everyday activities like cooking, typing, or getting dressed can suddenly become impossible chores after a severe sprain.
Spine and Nerve Damage
During a slip and fall, your spine and nerve can suffer many punishing injuries. The spine and nerves are fragile, and any trauma can cause serious long-term effects. Some people may even experience permanent spine and nerve damage after a slip and fall.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Whether or not your head hits the ground, you can sustain a traumatic brain injury during a slip and fall. Immediately following your injury, you may not realize the damage. When a brain injury is left untreated, it can have drastic effects on your daily routine. Remedying brain injuries requires expert consultation and extensive treatment.
Because injuries from slip and falls can be so catastrophic, they can even cause premature death. Often these avoidable deaths happen because of a property owner’s negligence.
If You’ve Sustained Injuries Caused by a Slip, Trip, or Fall, Contact us for Legal Representation
A slip and fall accident can put your life on pause. A life-altering event is bad enough, but when you couple it with the costly medical bills and missed work, the price tag for a slip and fall staggers out of control. You shouldn’t be responsible for someone else’s negligence.
Your case deserves the attention of attorneys with a proven track record of winning cases. Slip and fall settlements are notoriously tricky-to-win settlements. When you have attorneys in your corner with experience building compelling cases, your chance of winning a slip and fall case improves.
If you — or someone close to you — has been involved in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property in Georgia or Florida, then you owe it to yourself to call Farah & Farah for a free case review. You need Farah & Farah in your corner to fight for you and help you seek the compensation you deserve.