Slipping or tripping and falling is one of the most common ways that someone can sustain a serious injury on public or private property. Slip/Trip and fall accidents can be caused by many different factors. Often injuries are caused by spilled liquid, faulty sidewalks, poor lighting or some combination of these factors, and the injuries can be very painful. Many people who suffer injuries from slip/trip and fall accidents don’t know where to turn to get the help they need. Many victims of these accidents may not even realize that they could be legally entitled to damages for their pain and suffering.
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The term “slip/trip and fall accidents” is self-explanatory. It occurs when someone slips or trips on something resulting in a fall and serious injuries that require immediate emergency medical attention. These kinds of injuries are more common than you would think. In fact, The National Safety Council found that accidents related to falling cause nearly nine million emergency room visits every year.
Slip/Trip and fall accidents are most likely to occur on someone else’s property, which means that the property owner and/or manager could be liable for your injuries related to the accident. When your accident occurs on someone else’s property, it can be challenging to prove that they are at fault. In general, when trying to prove a slip/trip and fall accident, you must be able to show that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition of the property and that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition.
Depending on the severity of the fall, the injuries that resulted can range in severity. Slip/Trip and fall accidents usually happen quickly and can significantly change your life in an instant. Below, we’ve described some of the most common injuries caused by falling so you can keep an eye out for the warning signs of a serious injury:
Broken bones are one of the most common injuries sustained by people who fall. These fractures can range from hairline fractures to compound fractures that require surgical intervention. It’s also possible that you may need physical therapy if you experience chronic pain from your injury. If you feel a sharp pain in a joint or bone area and experience swelling or bleeding, seek medical attention immediately.
Head injuries are often the most serious injury due to a fall. If you hit your head and lose consciousness, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you feel okay at first, symptoms of a concussion like dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and headaches may take time to appear. The extreme end of these injuries can be traumatic cranial injuries and may cause lifelong changes.
Soft tissues can be injured ligaments, tendons, muscles, or even your brain. Sometimes if you don’t immediately feel pain after slipping/tripping and falling, you might think you aren’t injured, but wake up the next day feeling significant pain. Some soft tissue injuries like tears, herniated discs, and sprains take time for symptoms to appear. This could be in the form of radiating pain, chronic pain or swelling. It’s important to be checked by a medical professional after a fall so you can be sure you didn’t sustain serious injuries.
While slipping/tripping and falling might seem like a small accident, it can often result in serious, life-altering injuries. At Live Oak Injury Law Group, we know how stressful suffering a personal injury can be. We are committed to getting you the maximum recovery you are entitled to under the law. If you have suffered an injury as the result of a slip/trip and fall accident, don’t hesitate to reach out and schedule a consultation with a skilled personal injury attorney from Live Oak Injury Law Group.