From sidewalks to grocery stores and private properties, slips and falls happen all the time. In fact, slips and falls account for thousands of injuries in the U.S. If the slip-and-fall accident that resulted in your injury was caused by someone else’s wrongful actions, you may file a premises liability lawsuit against the liable party.
While most slip-and-fall accidents result in a few bruises and scrapes, not all victims are always lucky. Sometimes, a slip-and-fall accident can lead to debilitating and sometimes fatal injuries among elderly folks.
Here are life-altering injuries that you can sustain following a slip-and-fall accident.
Spinal cord injuries
The impact on the body when you land your back on a hard surface during a slip-and-fall accident can include fracture to the vertebrae, herniated or slipped discs. Depending on the severity of the impact, you can suffer temporary or permanent paralysis, a range of sensory or neurological impairments or even death.
Neck and shoulder injuries
These injuries result when you land on your neck or shoulder during a slip-and-fall accident. They can also result from overexertion while attempting to protect yourself during the fall. Again, depending on the severity, neck injuries can lead to sprains to paralysis from the neck down. Shoulder injuries resulting from slip-and-fall injuries can include torn nerves, collarbone breaks and dislocations.
The knee is one of the largest and most complicated joints of the body. It is also one of the most susceptible to injury during a fall. Knee damage can take a very long time to heal, meaning that your mobility and life can be greatly impacted following knee damage. Some of the knee injuries you can sustain during a slip-and-fall accident include dislocations as well as muscle and ligament damage.
A slip-and-fall accident can result in a myriad of injuries. Find out how you can pursue the damages you may be entitled to while filing a premises liability lawsuit.