3 Surprisingly Serious Injuries You Can Sustain in a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents are surprisingly common accidents that are also surprisingly dangerous. In fact, there are several very serious injuries that are closely associated with these frightening accidents. If a property owner’s negligence causes you to be injured in a slip and fall accident, you should speak to an experienced St. Louis slip and fall lawyer as soon as you can.
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) shares several enlightening statistics that help to identify exactly how dangerous slip and fall accidents are, including:
- Falls are the leading cause of visits to the emergency room, and a full 12 percent of these are slip and fall accidents.
- Five percent of all falls lead to fractures.
- Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims.
- Floors and flooring directly contribute to more than 2 million falls every year.
Slip and fall accidents happen, and they tend to be very serious.
The Serious Injuries Common to Slip and Fall Accidents
The impact of a slip and fall accident can lead to very serious injuries with lasting health consequences.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can occur anywhere on the spinal cord, and even a relatively minor spinal cord injury can leave you with lasting physical consequences that include chronic pain and a severe loss in range of motion. If the spinal cord itself is severely damaged or severed, it translates to paralysis, which is a life-altering injury that requires not only a lifetime of healthcare needs but may also necessitate assistance with the activities of daily living.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often caused by a blow to the head, which is common in the course of a slip and fall accident. When your brain is involved, you can expect your injuries to be as serious as their consequences are difficult to predict, and this is certainly true of TBIs. Victims of TBIs often experience PTSD-like symptoms and other psychological consequences that are exceptionally disruptive. Consider the following:
- A shift in personality
- Increased anxiety, that can include panic attacks
- Sleep disturbances that can include insomnia and/or night terrors
- Difficulty focusing
- Severe mood swings
Even what is known as a simple break is a seriously painful injury that is seriously slow to heal. When the break is complicated and/or there are multiple fractures, the matter becomes that much more serious and can lead to permanent disability.
Make the Call to an Experienced St. Louis Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Today
If a commercial property owner causes you to be injured in a slip and fall accident, the experienced St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Bruntrager & BIllings are on your side and well prepared to help. Seek the legal guidance that you need by contacting or calling us at (314) 646-0066 today.