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Types of Injuries in Accidental Slip-and-Fall Cases

When people think of an accident lawyer, they tend to think of automobile accidents. However, one of the more common injuries you can claim in a lawsuit deals with slip-and-fall injuries. If you have had an accidental slip and fall while shopping or while on vacation, you may have a case. Here are some of the types of injuries that can occur during a slip-and-fall accident and how your lawyer can assist you with claims related to the injuries. 

Head Injury

One of the most common types of injury you can sustain during an accidental slip and fall is a head injury. The head injury can be a minor concussion. The injury can also be worse and cause brain or head trauma with ongoing side effects. You may have memory loss, ongoing migraines or even ocular issues from the accident. Your lawyer will request your doctor's notes regarding the head injury. This may include x-rays as well as reports on your long term injuries. They may also ask for pictures of where you fell to determine if the business was at fault for negligence. For example, if the floor was wet with no marking or warning signs, it could have lead to your injury. 

Hip Injury

Depending on how you fall, you may sustain a hip injury. In many cases, a hip injury is a fracture or a broken hip. These types of hip injuries can cause you high levels of pain. They can also lead to long hospital stays and rehabilitation services. Many of these services may not be covered on your insurance or may not be covered past a specified time frame. Hip injuries rely heavily on x-rays and on physical therapy documentation. This documentation shows how severe the injury is as well as how long the therapy for that injury may take. It can also show if the injury is life long and debilitating for work purposes. 

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are not as common with slip-and-fall accidents, but they do still happen. You may land wrong on your back or you may land with your back against stairs. This type of fall can cause spinal cracks, breaks, or alignment issues. Your lawyer will need to evaluate the case and determine if the business was liable for the fall. In addition to checking for warning signs, your lawyer may also consider if proper alternative exits such as escalators where available instead of stairs. 

These are just a few of the injuries that can occur during an accidental slip and fall. If you have had an accident like this, and you have sustained one or more of these injuries, contact your accident and personal injury lawyer. They can help you build your case, determine which injuries may have occurred during the slip and fall, and help you with any paperwork regarding your case.