Slip and falls are incredibly common. Sometimes, people slip and fall and it really is no one else's fault. Oftentimes, however, there are dangerous property conditions that the property owner had a duty to remedy but failed to do so. When this happens, and someone is hurt in a slip and fall as a result, the property owner can be held liable for the harm suffered. Dangerous conditions may include a wet floor, walkways falling into disrepair, inadequate lighting, and failure to keep paths clear of debris. In other words, a slip and fall can become a legal cause of action when someone is injured on the property of another and the property owner owes that person a legal duty to maintain safe premises. When a property owner is negligent, slip and falls can happen all too easily and result in devastating injuries.
Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Some of the most common slip and fall injuries include head injuries. Head injuries can be scary, to say the least. The CDC reports that falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI can range in severity from a minor concussion requiring only monitoring and rest to recover to a severe head injury leading to debilitating symptoms such as cognitive impairment and chronic seizures.
Hip fractures are also incredibly common in slip and fall accidents. This is especially true for the older population. Surgery may be required in order for an artificial hip to be implanted. There will also likely be required hospitalization for an extended period of time and follow-up admission to a nursing home for extensive rehabilitation.
Spinal cord injuries, including fractured vertebrae, slipped discs, and herniated discs, can also commonly result from a slip and fall. Such injuries can lead a person to experience chronic neck and back pain as well as limited mobility. In serious cases, a spinal cord injury can lead to sensory impairments or neurological consequences.
When a person is falling, it can be a natural reaction to try and brace for impact. This can, unfortunately, make a person vulnerable to common slip and fall injuries like shoulder injuries, as well as sprains and fractures, particularly in the hand and wrist area. With shoulder injuries, a shoulder dislocation is commonly seen in slip and falls. Also referred to as a brachial plexus injury, a should dislocation means an injury to the network of nerves that connects the spinal cord with the shoulder, and arm and hand, by extension. Such an injury can often require surgery with extensive physical therapy needed in order to rehabilitate the injured joint.
New York City Personal Injury Attorney
Medical treatment as well as the necessary rehabilitative follow up care required to see these injuries properly heal and reduce painful and uncomfortable symptoms can be extensive and expensive. Medical bills can pile up all too quickly after a slip and fall with no end in sight for the care needed. If you were injured as a result of a slip and fall caused by a property owner's failure to maintain reasonably safe premises, Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. is here for you. We are committed to fighting for our clients and their legal right to be fairly compensated for their losses. Contact our office today.