Tragedy can strike anywhere, any time. Even something as simple as a trip to the grocery store or a stroll around the block can end in injury due to the property owner’s negligence. Loose floorboards, cluttered walkways, worn-out carpeting, slippery tiles, and other hazards could lead you to take a traumatic tumble. When a business fails to maintain a property or creates a dangerous condition, individuals can be injured.
The result? Hospital bills, lost work, physical and emotional suffering, and more. You don’t have to deal with it alone, however. Property owners are responsible for injuries that occur because of their own poor maintenance. This is called “premises liability,” and in most cases, it entitles you to compensation.
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Common Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Strained Muscles & Sprained Ligaments
According to the CDC, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized due to slip and fall accident injuries every year. Even the most “minor” of these can prove extremely painful and life-changing. Strains and sprains occur often, typically caused by an abrupt stretching or twisting of a muscle or ligament.
Though in many cases, strains and sprains heal naturally over time, there can be damage to discs and joints that require ongoing treatment. In more severe cases, torn or ruptured tissues may require surgery.
Fractured Hips & Other Broken Bones
Older Americans are especially vulnerable to slip and fall injuries, with a CDC-estimated three million senior citizen emergency room visits caused by such accidents annually. At least 300,000 of those seniors are hospitalized for hip fractures, with many needing surgery to heal.
Seniors aren’t the only ones at risk of broken bones, however. Arms, legs, ribs, and collar bones all frequently suffer fractures in slip and fall accidents, restricting a patient’s mobility and occasionally causing other health complications, such as infections and even organ damage.
Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
The most dangerous and life-threatening injuries suffered during a slip and fall accident damage the head, brain, and spinal cord. According to the CDC, slip and fall accidents are the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from minor concussions to permanent cognitive impairment, mood changes, recurring seizures, and even death.
Similarly, the spinal cord’s compressions or fractures can result in partial or full paralysis, reflex spasm, sexual dysfunction, loss of control of body functions, difficulty breathing, and, once again, death.
Get Help from a Slip and Fall Lawyer in Chicago, IL
Most of us trip or slip on occasion but are lucky enough to either regain our balance or suffer no injury in the ensuing fall. Many others are less fortunate. From sprained ankles to full-body paralysis, and even worse, the personal injury lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm have seen it all. That’s why we are committed to helping those who have been hurt due to others’ carelessness.
Whatever you are going through, The Cagle Law Firm has been there before. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
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