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What are the common injuries in a slip and fall?

A slip and fall might not seem very serious, but it can lead to serious injuries that change your life in significant ways.

While just about any injury can result from a slip and fall, some occur more than others.

Bone fractures

One of the worst things you can do when your feet go out from under you is to brace yourself. This can often result in a fracture in the wrist or forearm, depending on the mechanics of the fall. Other bone breaks can occur in the legs, especially the ankle.

Back injuries

The large muscles in the back act as stabilizers for your body. Falling could cause some of them to twist or tear, resulting in painful damage. The worst back injury, though, is likely to happen to the spinal cord. If you land flat on your back, you may damage your spinal column, which can cause impingement somewhere along the cord.

Head trauma

You can easily smack your head as you fall, either on something around you or the ground. A head injury could lead to continued issues since the brain may have sustained damage. Symptoms include:

  • Memory issues
  • Speech distortion
  • Intense headaches
  • Vision changes
  • Vomiting or nausea

The injuries from a slip-and-fall accident can result in expensive medical bills. For a personal injury claim, the incident’s circumstances must involve negligence. If a property owner failed to remedy a dangerous situation and that situation led to your injury, you may be able to pursue compensation to help your cover the costs of your recovery.