Slip or trip and fall accidents represent one of the most common types of premises liability accidents. Most falls don’t result in any injuries beyond maybe a few cuts or scrapes and bruises. However, slip/trip and fall accidents can result in some pretty serious or even life-threatening injuries. Below are some of the most frequently occurring serious injuries that are suffered in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents.
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can occur if a person hits their head on the ground or on an object on the way down after suffering a slip or trip and fall accident. TBIs can range from mild concussions all the way to skull fractures, hematomas, or even inducing a coma. The most serious injuries can leave someone with permanent physical and cognitive limitations.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Someone who suffers a slip and fall or trip and fall accident may experience a spinal cord injury if they hit their back on an object or on the ground, or if their torso or back is twisted in some fashion during the fall. Slip or trip and fall accidents can also result in other kinds of spinal and back injuries, including broken vertebrae, herniated discs, or muscle strains and tears. A back or spinal cord injury has the potential to cause chronic, debilitating pain, or may even lead to some degree of paralysis.
A broken hip or pelvis fracture is a common injury suffered by older persons who experience a fall, although younger fall victims can suffer pelvis fractures as well. A broken hip injury often requires surgical repair, followed by a long period of recovery and physical rehabilitation. In many cases, someone who suffers a broken hip may experience a permanent loss of some degree of mobility.
Shoulder and Neck Injuries
Slip or trip and fall victims can injure their neck, shoulders, and upper back when those parts of the body impact an object or the ground in a fall. These injuries may include soft tissue injuries, which can occur if someone overexerts themselves trying to stop a fall or brace themselves in a fall. Injuries can also include dislocated shoulders or broken collarbone. Nerve damage is also a frequent consequence.
Broken Arms or Legs
Broken arms or legs are an injury suffered in a slip or trip and fall, often when a person throws out arms or legs to try to break a fall and avoid hitting their head or another vulnerable part of their body. Depending on the severity of the break, a fall victim may need surgery to repair the bone, and may also need physical therapy. Broken bones, even once fully healed, can still cause chronic pain and mobility issues.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries suffered in slip and fall or trip and fall accidents may include ligament sprains and tears, or muscle and tendon strains and tears. While some soft tissue injuries will heal on their own and may only need rest or physical therapy, more serious damage may require surgical repair.
Contact a Edison Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Slip/Trip and Fall Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a slip/trip and fall accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. represent clients injured because of slip/trip and fall accidents in New Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Middletown, Howell, and throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 906-1500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1862 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, as well as offices in Edison, Brick, Freehold, and Point Pleasant Beach.
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