When you find yourself on the ground as the result of an issue that the owner should have known existed, you may have the right to take action. A negligent owner may have to cover the costs of your injuries after a slip and fall on his or her property. This is especially worth looking into when you suffer significant injuries from the tumble.
While any kind of injury is conceivably possible, certain body parts are more vulnerable. Take a closer look at some of the most common injuries a slip and fall may cause.
The hip bone is susceptible to injury during a fall since it usually involves one leg or the other sliding away from the body in an unnatural way. This, in combination with the impact, places a great deal of strain on the hips, causing them to fracture. Older people often have poor bone density, which makes a hip fracture even more likely. The damage may warrant a surgical procedure known as a hip replacement as well as extensive rehabilitation.
Other broken bones are also a frequent outcome of a slip and fall.
Any kind of trauma to the skull may result in significant injury to the brain. The signs of a brain injury include things such as:
- Blurry vision
- Increasing headaches
- Extreme exhaustion
- Changes in speech
A brain injury may lead to permanent impairment in cognitive and physical function.
The spinal cord serves as the main pathway for impulses to and from the brain to travel. When a slip and fall lands you in a position to injure the back in any way, the spinal cord may become compromised. An injury that affects the spinal cord may disrupt the path for messages to travel. Spinal cord injuries may result in a loss of use of a part of the body.