Charlotte residents may not think of slips and falls as causes of serious accidents and injuries. However, every year many Americans end up in hospitals with complex and devastating injuries that were caused by slips, trips, and tumbles. When the causes of those accidents are based on the negligence of others, victims can sometimes pursue their legal options to the recovery of their damages.
The types of injuries that victims can suffer from slip-and-fall accidents can range from bumps and bruises to life-threatening trauma. This post will discuss some of the more extensive forms of injuries that victims may endure from their slip-and-fall events. Not part of this post provides medical advice and readers should seek their own legal counsel for advice on their pending slip-and-fall accident claims.
Head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries can occur when victims’ heads hit or are hit by hard objects, or when the brain suffers penetration injuries. During a fall, a victim can hit their head on any number of surfaces based on where their accident occurs. Ground surfaces like hard floors, sidewalks, or asphalt can cause traumatic injuries to the head, as can impacts with furniture, fences, or other objects in the vicinity of the victims’ falls.
Head injuries can manifest with a range of severities and symptoms. While some victims may suffer mild concussions, others may sustain permanent brain damage and life-long disabilities. The costs of living with head trauma can be extensive.
Damage to the spinal column can be devastating to accident victims. The spinal cord is encased on the spinal column and it is responsible for carrying messages from the brain throughout the body. When the spinal cord is harmed, basic bodily functions like breathing, movement, and others can cease. Paralysis can result from spinal cord and column trauma.
Slip-and-fall accidents can be serious and can leave victims with physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Attorneys who work in the personal injury field of law can support their slip-and-fall clients with guidance and case-specific advice.