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What Are the 5 Most Common Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents?

By Luke Dow on September 28, 2016

Slip and fall accidents can have tragic consequences for victims and their families. An unexpected fall can cause life-changing injuries that prevent you from returning to work. Treatments can cost a veritable fortune and put your family’s financial security in jeopardy.

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A slip and fall can injure any part of your body, but the most common injuries include:

  1. Spinal injuries;
  2. Head injuries;
  3. Hip fractures;
  4. Breaks, tears and sprains;
  5. And dislocations.
If your slip and fall was the result of another person’s negligence – such as the owner of a store or a residential property – then you may be entitled to compensation. An Austin personal-injury attorney from the Luke Dow Law Firm will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.

Our legal team will interview witnesses, gather evidence, evaluate doctors’ records and the police report, and help you pursue the maximum settlement. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation with a personal-injury lawyer.

In the meantime, read on to learn about five common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents:

  1. Spinal Injuries
Even a minor injury to the spine can be painful and debilitating. Your spine allows your brain to send signals throughout your body, so a fractured vertebra can cause partial or complete paralysis.

Herniated discs are also common in slip and fall accidents. This happens when a spinal disc bulges or breaks open. As WebMD explains, the symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Pain that travels down the leg to the foot;
  • Numbness or tingling in one leg;
  • Leg muscle weakness;
  • Muscle spasms;
  • And deep muscle pain.
  1. Head Injuries
According to MayoClinic, traumatic brain injuries often happen when victims hit their head on a blunt object. It is common for slip and fall victims to bang their head on walls, floors or railings, resulting in a TBI.

Traumatic brain injuries range from mild concussions to contusions and life-threatening diffuse axonals. Even a minor TBI can be expensive to treat and may require months of rehabilitation.

  1. Hip Fractures
Elderly victims are particularly susceptible to hip fractures in slip and fall accidents. These can be painful and may require surgery or a full hip replacement.
  1. Breaks, Tears and Sprains
A fall can break bones, tear ligaments and tendons, or cause painful muscle sprains. Some of these injuries require surgery and months of recovery, during which victims may not be able to return to work.
  1. Dislocations
Slip and fall accidents often cause joint dislocations. These are particularly common in the shoulder when victims attempt to absorb the impact with their arms.

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in Texas, contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. As your Austin personal-injury lawyer, Luke Dow will fight for the highest possible settlement on your behalf. Call 512-518-4104 today to schedule a consultation.

 

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