As a kid, you probably experienced your share of falls and tumbles. But what many people may not realize is that some slip and fall accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. And they can occur virtually anywhere.
Slips and falls happen in restaurants, grocery stores, shopping malls, stairwells, elevators, parking garages, apartments and homes. If you are injured in a fall on an unreasonably dangerous property, seek medical attention first and foremost. Once you’ve seen a doctor you can worry about building a legal case against the property owner.
Following are a few of the most serious types of slip and fall injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2006-2010, falls were the leading cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can range from mild (concussions) to severe (motor skill impairment, disability). While children and the elderly are especially at risk, anyone can suffer TBI in a fall accident.
- Spine and back injuries — Trauma to the spinal cord or back can cause temporary pain and discomfort. More severe falls can result in partial or complete paralysis, long-term pain or even death.
- Broken bones — Broken wrists, fingers and other bones are common in slip and fall accidents. Some breaks heal quickly, while other, more complicated injuries may result in lifelong pain and disability.
Property owners have a duty to keep their premises safe and free from hazards. If you suffer a slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, you may have a basis for a personal injury case. Consult the attorneys at [ln::firm_name] to discuss your options for compensation.