Any business or space open to the public has the duty to keep its premises free of tripping hazards. If you have slipped and fallen at a business, you may be able to recover for your injuries under California law.
Injuries resulting from a slip and fall can range in severity, however many people are left with long-term or permanent health problems. For example, in the context of falling on the job, about one-quarter of slip and fall accident result in more than 31 days away from work.
Read on for four common and severe injuries that can result from a slip and fall.
1) Head Injuries
The head is the most vulnerable part of our body. Any injury involving the head should be treated and monitored closely by medical professionals. Brain injuries such as swelling, and bleeding are not always visible. Moreover, brain injuries may only reveal themselves later in the form of concentration issues, emotional instability, and trouble with critical thinking. These types of injuries are usually highly compensable under the law because they affect the victim so profoundly.
2) Broken Bones
Broken bones are usually more easily detected than head injuries as they can be accompanied by large amounts of pain, swelling and bleeding. Broken bones can take months to heal and require additional rehabilitation work. Broken bones can keep people from working for significant periods of time.
That being said, not all broken bones are easy to detect. In the case of fractures, X-rays will be required. This is why it is important to visit a doctor after you fall even if you do not suspect that you broke a bone.
3) Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can result in temporary or permanent paralysis. These injuries are caused by the severing or compression of the spinal cord. The closer to the head the spinal cord injury occurs, the more complicated the injury will be. Spinal cord injuries treatment can easily cost well into the seven figures in surgeries, trauma care, rehabilitation and in-home care. As a result, it is critical for victims to protect their legal rights if a spinal cord injury is suspected.
4) Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue injuries affect the muscles, ligaments, and tendons and may be diagnosed as a sprain or a strain. These injuries can be painful and result in time away from work, the need for crutches, an inability to engage in activities, and other issues. In some cases, they may require significant medical treatment and may never completely resolve.
Call a Huntington Beach Slip and Fall Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Slip and fall cases are often not easily proven, and simply because you fell and were injured does not mean you automatically have a claim.
Having an attorney review your claim is critical to your case’s success. An attorney will be able to look at the facts of your case and identify weaknesses and strengths.
You should speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident so that you can be sure your rights are protected and so the attorney can begin collecting evidence. Our firm offers free case evaluations and usually takes slip and fall cases on a contingency basis, meaning you will not pay our attorney unless you prevail.
Call our office at 714-625-8914 or reach out to us using our online contact form.