The fact that you slipped and fell on someone’s property isn’t enough to collect for an injury claim. The duty of care owed to you by the property owner depends on your status- do you have permission to be there, like a customer or houseguest, or are you trespassing? It also depends on if the property owner was aware of the hazardous condition that caused your injury or had been unaware of it for an unreasonable amount of time. Another factor could be whether the property owner issued you a warning about the hazardous condition. Your personal injury attorney can conduct a detailed investigation of your claim to find every possible piece of evidence in your favor.
Common Injuries from Slip and Falls
It’s highly important that you get checked out by a doctor promptly after a slip and fall, as your injuries could be serious. Severe slip and falls can damage your spinal cord, which could be painful and debilitating. Fractured vertebrae and herniated discs could have a lengthy healing process and may result in permanently decreased mobility. Poor lighting can make it harder to see and easier to slip and fall. Sprains and fractures in other areas, like the foot and ankle, aren’t uncommon either.
It’s one thing to slip and fall. It’s another thing to fall and hit your head. Hitting your head during a fall can result in a TBI, or traumatic brain injury. These can be minor or serious, and life-threatening if not examined promptly. The most common example of a TBI is a concussion. Many concussion injuries are minor but can result in permanent brain damage or death if untreated. Besides signs of injury like bruising at the site of impact, concussions can cause dizziness, tiredness, headaches, dilated pupils, and more. Make sure that you are examined by a doctor as soon as possible if you believe you have sustained a concussion or other TBI in a slip and fall accident.