People slip or trip all the time, and get hurt as a result. Some slip-and-fall injuries are preventable, however, and could be stopped if people took appropriate care to keep their property safe. Unfortunately, some property owners can be negligent about removing hazards from their property, making injuries more likely. Here are six common types of injuries people suffer in slip-and-fall accidents:
- Sprains and other soft tissue damage
- A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect bones and joints. When a person slips and falls, these ligaments can become stretched or torn. They may also suffer other “soft tissue damage” to their muscles, ligaments and tendons during a fall. This can cause pain and make it harder to perform certain tasks until the injury heals. This is particularly harmful for anyone who works in a job that requires significant physical activity, like construction workers or waiters.
- Cuts or bruises
- Cuts and bruises are common injuries, many of which do not require medical attention. However, depending on the severity of the cut or bruise, it may require medical assistance to heal properly and prevent infection. Additionally, people who have problems with their blood clotting (such as senior citizens on blood thinners) can suffer substantial harm from even minor wounds.
- Broken bones
- Fractured or broken bones are extremely common injuries in slip-and-fall cases, especially among senior citizens. Most often, this means fractures on the shoulder, knee, ankle, or wrist, which are the most common places for people to fall onto. Aside from the pain a broken bone can cause, the affected limb will need to be immobilized, making it harder to do mundane tasks. In rare cases, there may even be permanent damage to the limb, if the injury is severe enough.
- Back/spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries are common in slip-and-fall cases, and also very dangerous. Aside from the pain caused by a fractured spine, people who suffer a back injury in a fall may need to worry about spinal cord damage. An injury to the spinal cord can cause permanent harm to the person’s ability to walk, resulting in a disability that may prevent them from working. Even if they do eventually recover from a spine injury, the process of recovery can keep them from working for months.
- Nerve damage
- The spinal cord is not the only part of the body with nerves that can be damaged in a fall. In fact, nerve damage is fairly common in slip-and-fall cases, and it can result in significant long-term harm. Someone who has suffered nerve damage may experience constant pain, or lose a sense of feeling in the affected body part. In some cases, they may lose use of a damaged limb entirely.
- Head or brain injury
- An impact to the head is one of the most severe injuries someone can receive in a slip-and-fall case. Not only can someone potentially damage their eyes, nose or teeth, but they can also suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI can result in memory loss, mood swings, headaches, and disruptions to sleep, among many other symptoms. If someone suffers a TBI, they may suffer from medical problems that can stay with them for the rest of their lives.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.