Almost everyone has slipped or tripped and fallen down at some point in their lives. Many people who slip and fall suffer minor cuts or bruises only and do not require any type of professional medical care for their injuries to heal. Other slip and fall victims, however, suffer injuries that are surprisingly serious and can require a substantial amount of expensive medical treatment. If you suffer serious injuries in a slip and fall accident because of a dangerous hazard on another person's property, you should always speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to see if you can recover for your losses.
Common injuries in slip and fall accidents
The following are some examples of the serious injuries that slip and fall victims can suffer:
- Traumatic brain injury – A traumatic brain injury (TBI)1 can occur any time there is trauma to the head that causes the brain to hit against the inside of the skull. While some types of TBI are relatively minor, such as a basic concussion, more severe damage can cause a great number of physical, cognitive, and emotional difficulties. TBI victims who have previously had brain injuries may also face certain complications, such as second impact syndrome.
- Spinal cord damage – If the vertebrae or any other part of the spinal column gets damaged, a victim can suffer loss of sensory and movement abilities in the body below the point of injury. This loss of ability can range from temporary partial impairments or a complete permanent paralysis.
- Neck and back injuries – Aside from spinal cord damage, slip and fall victims can suffer other neck and back issues such as sprains, strains, bulging or herniated discs, pinched nerves, and more. Many of these conditions may require long-term physical therapy and even surgery to repair.
- Broken bones – Slip and fall victims often suffer broken or fractured bones in their hands, wrists, ankles, and other areas of the body. While minor breaks generally heal easily, they can cause pain and impairment in the meantime. More severe compound breaks may require surgeries to repair and insertion of pins or screws in the bone. Additionally, elderly adults often suffer from a broken hip when they fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports2 that approximately 258,000 older adults suffered broken hips in 2013, the overwhelming majority of which occurred due to fall accidents.
Call an experienced slip and fall attorney in Michigan to discuss your situation today
If you have suffered any type of injury in a slip and fall accident that occurred due to a negligent property owner, your first call should be to an experienced premises liability attorney who has extensive experience handling personal injury cases. At the firm of Michigan Injury Lawyers, we are committed to helping victims injured in slip and fall accident receive the full amount of compensation they deserve. We offer free consultations, so please do not hesitate to call our office today at 888-454-0801 for help.