Imagine that you’re walking down the aisles of your local supermarket in West Valley City, Utah. You’re just enjoying an ordinary grocery trip, when suddenly you can feel your foot step in some sort of liquid. The substance causes you to lose grip on the floor, sending your body flying backward as you desperately try and reach for your cart. Suddenly, you’re on the ground, looking around, hoping nobody saw.
While the only thing hurting at the moment might be your pride, a slip and fall accident can often be the start of a serious bodily injury. Since the store neglected to put up a “wet floor” sign, you now have to make a call to your lawyer. Here are the most common forms of injuries that can haunt you long after the slip and fall incident has occurred.
Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injuries
This is probably the more serious type of cases that an attorney may be involved in. Traumatic brain injury occurs when the victim of the slip and fall hits their head against either the ground or any other hard surface (in some cases even hard objects). The tricky thing about these accidents, along with other types, is that injury can occur immediately or develop over time.
The victim can face unconsciousness during impact, or instead seem fine as they develop swelling and bleeding over a period of a couple of days. A trip to the E.R. is just as important as a call to your lawyer in a situation like this.
Another serious but common injury that can occur from a slip and fall are bone fractures. This happens when an individual attempts to catch themselves or break the fall resulting from a slip. Most commonly, this occurs when someone will try to break their fall using their arm, causing their body weight to come crashing down on the arm.
Oftentimes, a fracture can be mistaken for a sprain. In these cases, someone may not get the medical help they require. Days later, the pain can get worse, and prolonged use of the fractured arm can lead to a complete break.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a slip and fall accident, contact our experts here at Robert J. DeBry & Associates. We will make sure a licensed attorney takes care of your case as best as possible.
Ascari Pena is a legal writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Robert J. DeBry.