The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that falls caused more than 34,000 deaths in 2019, which made it the leading cause of injury death for that group. Falls caused by slips can lead to serious injuries for people of all ages, and anybody hurt in a slip and fall accident should be certain to speak with a San Mateo personal injury lawyer.
A slip and fall accident has the potential to cause a wide range of possible injuries of varying severity. The most severe injuries often can cause victims to require extensive medical care, and some people can see their entire lives thrown into disarray.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
A TBI is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer in a fall, and it is also one of the easiest to sustain. When a person falls and strikes their head on the ground or possibly against some other object, the potential for a TBI dramatically increases.
A TBI can cause a loss of consciousness that may last several minutes or possibly even hours, as well as persistent or worsening headaches. Victims may suffer from repeated vomiting or nausea as well as convulsions or seizures.
More severe TBI cases can involve people requiring rehabilitation to relearn many basic skills. A person who suffers a TBI could have difficulty focusing or paying attention, and there will be increased learning and memory difficulties.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Another unfortunately common injury in slip and fall cases can be damage to a person’s spinal cord, and spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete. Incomplete injuries mean a person still retains some motor or sensory function below an affected area, but complete injuries will involve all sensory feeling, and all motor function ability to control movement will be lost below a spinal cord injury.
Spinal cord injuries have the potential to result in paralysis, which may include tetraplegia or quadriplegia, in which a person’s arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are all affected by the injury, or paraplegia, in which all or part of a person’s lower body such as the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs are affected.
Broken Bones and Fractures
Falls have the potential to cause many kinds of broken bones, including broken wrists, arms, or ankles. They can also cause hip fractures.
Fractures can be either complete or partial breaks of bones and are usually classified as being either open or closed. Fractures may require splints or casts, and a person may also be prescribed medication and need to undergo surgery to repair the fracture.
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Did you or your loved one suffer a severe injury as the result of a slip and fall accident caused by another party’s negligence in California? You will want to be sure you are working with The Law Office of Reuben J. Donig so you can have dedicated legal representation protecting your best interests and seeking full and fair financial compensation for all of the costs you are incurring.
Our firm knows how costly a slip and fall injury can be for people, so we fight to make sure insurance companies do not shortchange you in paying you for your losses. You can call (650) 649-4622 or contact us online to receive a free consultation that will let us take the time to sit down with you and go over all of the facts of your case while outlining what steps we can take to help bring you as close as possible to your health before your accident.