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2 catastrophic injuries that can happen if you trip or slip and fall

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Premises Liability |

A routine trip to your favorite bar or grocery store can quickly turn into a life-and-death situation if you trip or slip and fall. Unfortunately, these accidents are not uncommon. If you slip and fall while lawfully on another person’s property as a result of a hazardous condition on that property, you may be eligible for financial restitution for the resulting damages via a premises liability claim.

Slip and fall accidents can result in a variety of injuries. And while you can easily manage some (like minor bruises) without stepping into an ER, others can be catastrophic. The following are some of the catastrophic injuries that you can potentially sustain as a result of a slip and fall accident.

Traumatic brain injuries

Also known as TBIs, traumatic brain injuries can happen when you hit your head on a hard surface or a sharp object during the fall. These can range from minor concussions and contusions all the way to serious ones like skull fractures and brain hemorrhage. Severe traumatic brain injuries can leave the accident victim with permanent cognitive and physical limitations. They can also lead to death.

Spinal cord injuries

Spinal cord injuries can be both debilitating and life-altering. Depending on the severity, these injuries can leave you permanently paralyzed. Most spinal cord injuries require ongoing treatment. Examples of spinal cord injuries that you can sustain during a slip and fall accident include spinal fractures, herniated discs and nerve damage.

If you trip, slip and fall while on another’s property

A slip and fall accident can leave you seriously hurt. To sue a property owner for damages, it’s important that you take certain steps. First, you need to see a doctor. This will better ensure that your injuries are promptly diagnosed and treated before they can escalate into something more serious. Next, you’ll need to gather evidence. Finally, you need to file your claim within the California statute of limitations period.

Slip-and-fall accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injuries. If you sustain catastrophic injuries following a slip-and-fall accident that is someone else’s fault, you deserve justice. Consider seeking legal guidance to learn more about your rights and options under the law.