Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere and at any time. You can fall while you are shopping for groceries, on your way to work, and any time you encounter dangerous conditions on private or public property. When this accident occurs, you may experience life-altering injuries.
If you are involved in a Connecticut slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover financial compensation. Contact our legal team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about your rights.
Here you can learn about the most common injuries in Connecticut slip and fall accidents.
1. Broken Bones
When you slip and fall, you may experience broken bones. The elderly are most at risk for this type of injury due to their bones being more fragile than younger individuals. While this is true, it can happen to anyone, regardless of their age.
One of the most dangerous types of breaks that can occur is to the hips. This is because these breaks have the highest potential for serious and long-term complications. However, you may also sustain broken bones in the collarbone area, shoulders, rib cage, arms, or lower legs, which may require long-term treatment, ongoing recovery, and rehabilitation.
2. Traumatic Brain Injuries
A TBI (traumatic brain injury) can occur if you fall and hit your head. Even if your brain is jolted without a direct impact, you can experience serious harm. Traumatic brain injuries are extremely dangerous after a slip and fall since you may not realize how serious the situation is right away.
If you fail to recognize and treat a TBI, you may experience secondary injuries that are more serious than the initial brain trauma. Without treatment for a TBI, you may continue to experience pain and issues for several months.
Remember, brain injuries can take time to show symptoms, so it is best to be evaluated by a doctor right after your fall to determine if an injury occurred.
3. Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury caused by a fall can include things like pinched nerves, herniated discs, slipped discs, fractured vertebrae, and more. The symptoms and impact of a spinal cord injury will vary from one person to another. It may include pain, limited mobility, partial paralysis, or full paralysis.
Also, spinal cord injuries are classified as being either “incomplete” or “complete.” This all depends on how much damage occurs. These injuries are also classified based on where in your spine they occur. You may injure the cervical, sacral, lumbar, or thoracic portion of the spine, which can all lead to painful injuries that require long-term treatment and ongoing rehabilitation. In some cases, individuals never fully recover from this type of injury.
4. Soft Tissue Injuries
Even if your fall does not cause broken bones, it may still result in serious and painful soft tissue injuries. This type of injury occurs in other areas of your body that are not your internal injuries or bones, like the following:
Some of the fall injury symptoms from a soft tissue injury can include the following:
- Permanent tissue damage
5. Knee Injuries
You can experience knee damage when you slip and fall. One reason for this is that you may twist your knees as you fall down.
Your knees are complex and made up of many ligaments and bones. If you hurt your ACL or MCL, it can take a long time to heal fully.
Along with tears to the knee’s ligaments, you may also dislocate the patella. If this happens, you may have to have knee reconstruction immediately or sometime down the road.
Contact an Attorney for Help with Your Slip and Fall Injuries
If you slip and fall on private or public property and someone’s negligence causes the fall, you may be able to recover compensation. While you need to gather evidence to prove negligence, our law firm can pursue a legal claim on your behalf if you do so. We will do this while you focus on your recovery.
It is important to realize that these accidents can cause serious injuries that can impact you in the short- and long term. We will consider the full value of your injuries and losses to ensure that you get the damages deserved.
The first step is to contact our legal team at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers for assistance. We will review your case and help you receive the compensation you are entitled to.