9 Common Injuries Arising From Slip-and-Fall Accidents

You can be the victim of a slip-and-fall accident just about anywhere. For example, you may be out shopping, visiting your neighbor, or at a military base. The resulting injury may require extensive medical care and result in life-changing medical complications. Learn the common injuries that may arise from a slip-and-fall accident.

1. Broken Bones

This injury is more common among older people and often results in bone fractures. For example, you can have broken bones in the shoulders, rib cage, arms, and lower legs. Similarly, broken bones in the hips are a particularly serious injury that can result in severe complications.

2. Soft Tissue Injuries

Proving soft tissue injuries in court can be difficult since the injuries are not easily visible. In some cases, you may not even know that you suffered soft-tissue injuries until after many weeks. The injuries can be something as simple as a wrist sprain to something as severe as ligament damage. Failure to treat soft tissue injuries may result in pain.

3. Head Injuries

Head injuries may cause bleeding, swelling, and even a temporary loss of consciousness. Any type of head injury requires immediate medical care. While many injuries may heal on their own, some may develop into life-threatening conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries.

4. Spinal Cord Injuries

A slip-and-fall accident can cause your back to collide with an object or the ground. The fall may lead to the twisting of the back or torso in some way. You may also suffer muscle strains, herniated discs, back injuries, and broken vertebrae. Furthermore, spinal cord injuries may result in chronic pain and even cause paralysis.

5. Neck and Shoulder Injuries

Neck and shoulder injuries can happen if you overexert yourself while trying not to fall. Neck and shoulder injuries typically affect soft tissues but may also result in a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder. In addition, your nerves may experience nerve damage on the shoulders and neck during the fall.

6. Feet and Hand Injuries

During a slip-and-fall accident, your feet and hands have the most significant risk of colliding with objects and the ground. In that light, you may have swelling, bruises, and cuts on your hands and feet. In some instances, broken fingers and damaged ankles may occur after the slip-and-fall accident.

Your ability to hold items and complete basic tasks, such as cooking and typing, may decrease due to wrist injuries.

7. Knee Injuries

You may have difficulties working due to injuries on your feet. For example, the injury may happen on your knee and interfere with the structure of ligaments and bones. As a consequence, your knee may dislocate, or it may have tears, sprains, and fractures.

8. Muscle Pulls and Strains

Muscle strains refer to an injury that damages tissues connecting bones to muscles. Slip-and-fall accidents may result in muscle strains, such as the rapid extension of your arm or leg. Also, cold or inflexible muscles can flex and bend unnaturally. You may experience sharp pain as a result. Muscle strains can interfere with your ability to bend or lift for several weeks.

9. Nerve Damage

A slip-and-fall accident can damage nerves, particularly those close to the exterior parts of your body. The injuries can cause the nerves to cut, crush, compress, or stretch. The result will be sharp pains and loss of the ability to grip.

If you think another party was responsible for your slip-and-fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation. William J. Cooley Personal Injury Attorney will examine your case and file a lawsuit on your behalf. Contact us to get started. We look forward to working with you!