All Georgia residents deserve to stay safe when they’re at work, visiting a friend, or shopping at a stor. Unfortunately, property owners don’t always keep their premises in reasonably safe condition, which can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. These are the most common types of injuries a person can suffer from such incidents.
Sprains or strains
Depending on how victims land after experiencing slip-and-falls, they can suffer sprains or strains to various parts of the body. A person can fall and land on their hands, causing a sprained wrist, or twist an ankle. If they land on their back, they can sustain a serious strain to their neck or back.
Broken bones are common in a slip-and-fall accident. Although elderly victims are the most susceptible to these injuries, they can happen to anyone. A fractured hip, arm, leg or even ribs can occur when slipping and falling on slippery surfaces or tripping over uneven rugs or carpeting.
Traumatic brain injury
If a person has a slip-and-fall accident and lands on the back of their head, they can suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This might be a milder concussion or something more serious. However, TBI should always be considered a serious injury that needs prompt medical attention.
Spinal cord injuries
Slip-and-falls can also leave victims reeling from spinal cord injuries. It’s possible to suffer from a herniated disc, pinched nerve or even a vertebral fracture. All of these injuries can result in severe pain, limited range of motion and even paralysis.
If a person lands face-first after a slip-and-fall accident, they can hit their face into the floor or an object, suffering facial injuries. These can be serious enough to cause noticeable scarring or even disfigurement. Some victims need surgery after sustaining facial injuries.
Slip-and-fall accidents can leave you seriously injured. Depending on the situation, you may need extensive, even long-term medical care.