In a Two-part series, our Slip and Fall Injury lawyers have prepared an information guide to these all too common types of injuries. This is part one of the guide:
One second you’re walking down a sidewalk, and the next, you’re flat on your back with your leg bent in an awkward way. A crowd gathers around wanting to help, but the shooting pain up and down your leg are tell-tale signs that something is seriously wrong.
Slip and fall injuries are more common than you think, with over one million Americans suffering from one every year; 20-30% of those will suffer potentially severe injuries such as hip fractures and head contusions. Florida law requires a property owner to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition, and if the business owner knew or should have known that something was amiss and didn’t fix it, they could be under obligation to pay damages to the injured person.
A reasonable amount of care must be taken to ensure that people who legally enter their property are safe. A duty also exists to warn people of any potential hazards they may encounter. Failure to do either could result in a slip-and-fall accident, which could happen at any time under multiple circumstances. Below are some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents:
- Broken Bones and/or Fractures: During a fall, the victim will oftentimes try to brace themselves on the way down to prevent major injury. Unfortunately, this can also result in an injury to the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees or arms, all of which can break or become fractured as the rest of the body weight comes down on top of it. Older people are particularly prone to this type of injury, especially in the hip and pelvis area. The treatment of broken bones or fractures is usually something as simple as a cast or splint, but could also include metal plates, rods or pins that are inserted as well. The rehabilitation can be extensive, and further complications could develop long-term as a result of the injury.
- Injuries to the Neck, Back, and Spinal Cord: If the victim falls flat on his or her back, or even at a slight angle, the result could be a catastrophic injury to the spinal cord or back, possibly even a snapped vertebrae or spinal cord compression. If not treated immediately, these injuries could be potentially life-threatening, requiring long-term care for the victim. Spinal cord injuries are among the more expensive injuries as well, sometimes costing up to a million dollars in the first year alone. Where the injury occurs could also impact the severity of the damage: a high cervical spinal cord injury could produce full or partial paralysis, while an injury to the lower part of the spinal cord may only impact the lower extremities. Regardless, someone who suffers a spinal cord injury will likely be dealing with treatment for the rest of their life.
- Injuries to the Head: A victim who undergoes a head injury may insist that they are “fine” or “feel ok,” but if there have been any significant symptoms, such as swelling, bleeding, or a loss of consciousness, it could be indicative of a traumatic brain injury. Even “minor” head injuries require treatment by a medical professional, since the symptoms can be deceptive and seem relatively minimal compared to other injuries. Early treatment is also important in bringing a claim against the negligent party, as a doctor will provide proof of injury and correlation to the time and place of the accident.
This series is continued here: Types of Slip and Fall Injuries – Part 2
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have dedicated slip and fall injury lawyers who offer free case evaluations, with no obligation. Call 800-753-5203 without delay. Our dedication to the people of Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater and New Port Richey is evident in our 25-year history of serving these communities. Our injury law team is standing by for your call, 24/7