I Slipped and Fell—What Can I Do?
Slip and fall injuries are very serious. In fact, many people sustain traumatic injuries and die each year due to slip and fall accidents. If you slip and fall, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention.
Notify the property-owner of the accident and ask them to call medical assistance for you. Even if your injuries appear minor, contact a doctor immediately. Some injuries do not fully manifest until a day or two later. Next, if you slip and fall away from home, you must contact a reputable attorney to help you pursue fair compensation from the negligent party who caused your accident.
Following is a list of common causes of slip and fall injuries caused by negligence:
- Icy walkway or steps
- Uneven pavement
- Poorly lit stairwells
- Wet floor
- Debris covered floor
- Rumpled rug
So what type of injuries can you sustain from a slip and fall accident? If you are lucky, you will only experience a few bruises and scratches. However, many slip and fall victims suffer broken bones, deep lacerations, and neck and spinal injuries. Certain neck and spinal injuries can even lead to partial or permanent paralysis.
TBI (or traumatic brain injury) is also a common injury seen in slip and fall accidents. Traumatic brain injury is caused by an impact or trauma to the skull or brain. TBI ranges from minor to severe and can cause life-long disability and impairment.