News Article
06.21.2019
3 Most Common Injuries from a

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, from grocery stores, restaurants, or other public places. Regardless of where the accident occurs, a slip and fall can cause serious injuries. As the injured party, you may be facing large medical bills and a long recovery period. However, if your accident took place on someone else's property due to the property owner's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills as well as pain and suffering. Before starting a personal injury case, it's important to first establish what type of injury you sustained.

These are the three most common types of injuries from slip and fall accidents:

1. Broken Bones

Broken bones are one of the most common types of injuries in slip and fall cases. The older you are, the greater your risk of breaking bones during a fall. Age can also make healing from these injuries a longer and more difficult task. This means that you will have to spend more money on medical bills and more time in the hospital. A personal injury claim can help you get the compensation you deserve to pay for your recovery.

The severity of the broken bones you suffer in a slip and fall varies. For example, broken hips take longer to heal and may have long-term complications for your mobility. Tailbone (coccyx) fractures are also particularly painful. Keep in mind that you may also be eligible to file a personal injury claim even for less severe fractures.

2. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are some of the most serious injuries that can arise from slips and falls. This is a type of head injury where there is damage to the brain and it can range from a relatively minor concussion to a long-term medical condition. No matter how minor the head injury seems, it is important to seek medical care if you suffer any head trauma during a slip and fall. This can prevent worse issues from developing.

In addition to the short-term and long-term medical effects, TBIs can leave you with a large financial burden. In the most severe cases, you may need years of rehabilitation to recover. If you suffered a TBI due to someone else's negligence, you may be able to seek compensation. This can help you cover the medical costs of a TBI while also compensating you for your pain and suffering.

3. Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is another type of serious injury that sometimes occurs during a slip and fall. An SCI is any trauma to the spinal column or spinal cord. Much like TBIs, these can range from minor to incredibly severe. This often depends on where the injury occurred in the spinal column. Injuries closer to the neck are more likely to lead to total paralysis.

SCIs can be either complete or incomplete. With complete SCIs, any area under the site of the SCI loses feeling and motion. This is often what makes injuries further up on the spinal column more severe. However, SCIs can also be incomplete and may leave you with partial function and mobility. Roughly half of SCIs are complete.

If you suffered any type of injury due to a slip and fall, you need to call a personal injury attorney. Our lawyers can help you get compensated for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. At Grabb & Durando, we have decades of experience fighting personal injury cases. Call us today at 520.222.2222 and let us help you.