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Common Injuries From A Slip And Fall Accident 

Slip and fall accidents are unfortunately very common, and could result from everyday situations such as slippery floors or wet floors. To this day, slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of emergency room visits in California.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a slip and fall accident in California or Nevada, our attorneys are available to help you and make sure that you get the compensation you need to treat your slip and fall accident injuries.

Various injuries could result from a slip and fall accident, however, our experienced slip and fall injury law firm recommends that you get medical treatment right away as soon as you have been involved in a slip and fall accident.

 Slip and fall accident injuries vary depending on several different factors, including:

  •  the victim’s age
  •  the victim’s previous physical condition
  •  the force of the fall
  •  the accident location
  •  whether the victim was able to get treatment after the accident

 There are two ways that a slip-and-fall accident could occur:

  •  Heel: when the person’s heel contacts the ground and the person slips. This is very common among slip and fall accidents.
  • Toe: when a person’s toe gets caught in something on the floor, and the weight is shifted.

Common Injuries from Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Broken Bones

Broken bones are one of the most common type of injury that results from a slip and fall accident, and the bones broken are usually determined by how the person fell towards the ground. For example, if they applied pressure on their hands and wrists to brace against the fall, then they may face broken bones at their wrist. If they fall on their back, then they may face spinal cord injuries.

Regardless, broken bones are first identified through imaging such as MRIs, CT scans, or X-rays. Next, broken bones could be treated in various ways, such as surgical intervention, or having to be bedridden for several months to make sure that the bones heal properly. Regardless, broken bones may result in loss of future earning capacity until the accident victim is able to get back up on their feet once their broken bones are healed. Broken bones could also be very costly, given that imaging must occur several different times to make sure that the broken bone is healing properly.

 Soft Tissue Injuries

Sometimes, instead of a broken bone, an accident victim may face soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries include injuries to the muscle or tendons. For example, they could have permanent nerve damage in the soft tissue or could have temporary pain caused by sprains or strains. Regardless, this soft tissue injury needs to be evaluated by a medical provider, to determine if any further medical treatments are needed.

Sprained Ankle

A sprained ankle usually only requires time off work temporarily and could heal altogether depending on the way of the fall. However, in some cases, a sprained ankle could lead to other complex injuries. For example, sprained ankles may not properly heal, and could lead to other future falls.

Joint Injuries

Sometimes, joint injuries, such as torn ligaments could result from a slip and fall accident. This all occurs when one is trying to brace their fall. Also, chronic pain could be a result of joint injuries. This may require the need of injections or surgical treatment.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries could lead to numbness, paralysis, difficulty walking, or even difficulty moving. Spinal cord injury includes injury to the discs at the victim’s back. When a spinal cord injury occurs, an accident victim may not immediately start to feel any symptoms. Instead, they may start to notice pain or a slight tingling sensation a couple of days after the accident.

Cuts and Lacerations

 If the slip-and-fall accident victim got into contact with other objects on the floor, they may suffer cuts or lacerations. For example, sharp tiles could lead to deep lacerations. If these lacerations are not properly treated, it could lead to infections or amputations and disfigurement.

Facial Injuries

Sometimes, to brace the fall, many people may fall on their head. They may suffer facial injuries such as broken teeth or broken jaw. This may require months of dental work and treatment to make sure that the facial injuries do not lead to permanent disfigurement.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

When a person falls on their head, they may sustain traumatic brain injuries. For example, they may sustain hematoma, internal bleeding, or concussions. Because the brain is so complex, treating a traumatic brain injury may require months or years of surgical intervention. Also, one who has suffered traumatic brain injuries may suffer emotionally as well.

Hip Injuries

Hip injuries are very common from slip and fall accidents, and are most likely to occur amongst elderly victims. This occurs when the accident victim’s hip makes contact with the ground. This could lead to hip surgeries and hip replacements.

What should I do after a slip-and-fall accident in California?

  • If you have been involved in a slip-and-fall accident in California, you should get medical attention right away. Many people may decide not to get medical attention simply because of the costs. However, if you were not responsible for the accident, these costs are recoverable from the other party. 
  • You should attend all doctor visits that are recommended. Simply attending an initial doctor’s consultation does not mean that your injuries will heal, or you will get compensated for your injuries.
  • Document your injuries throughout the process. For example, if you have experienced any swelling or bruising, take photos of those injuries.
  • Report the slip and fall accident to the property owner. Usually, slip and fall accidents are common in hotels and swimming pools. Once this occurs, make sure that you report the accident to the property owner so they have something on file. This will also help when filing a lawsuit or a claim since reports may have witnesses listed out. 
  • Make sure you save the clothing you were wearing at the time of the slip and fall accident. This is used as evidence when filing a claim with your insurance company or filing a lawsuit against the negligent party.
  •  Contact an experienced slip and fall accident attorney for more information on how to move forward with getting compensated for your injuries.

Can I file a case for a slip and fall accident at work?

If you have been injured at work, you may be able to recover compensation under a worker’s compensation claim. But you must have to show that you were injured while on the job. For more information on workers compensation claims, give our workers compensation lawyers a call to discuss. Workers compensation claims must be filed immediately after the incident. There is a time limit on when you could file your claim.

Contact A Los Angeles Slip And Fall Attorney Today

Call our contingency fee attorneys to discuss your specific slip and fall accident, and the injuries you have sustained. We can help you identify who the negligent party is, and hold them accountable for their actions.

Contact us today for a complimentary case evaluation.

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