Slip and fall accidents account for a significant percentage of accidental injuries. In fact, according to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls result in more than 8 million emergency department visits each year. Here is some information about some of the more common serious injuries that slip and fall victims can sustain.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

TBIs can occur when a person falls and hits his or her head on the ground on another object. Even if you have never heard of a TBI, chances are that you have heard of the most common form of mild TBI, a concussion. All TBIs are serious injuries and can have lasting physical and cognitive effects that can keep people from working, going to school, and engaging in activities that they enjoy.

Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can sustain. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body; when it is damaged, victims can experience issues like muscle weakness, loss of sensation, pins, and needles, and issues with range of motion. In serious cases, victims are paralyzed below the site of the injury.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries include any injuries to the soft tissues of the body. They can include injuries like lacerations, muscle tears, sprains, and strains. While they are generally treatable, they can nevertheless cause severe pain, discomfort, and keep a person from working or attending school for days or weeks. In addition, serious lacerations can result in permanent scars that can have an effect on a person’s appearance, self-confidence, and mental health.

Call a South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Since 2011, the Hartman Law Firm has been representing the rights of people injured in preventable accidents. For a free case evaluation, please call our office today at 843-300-7600 or send us an email through our online contact form.

1 http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm
2 https://medlineplus.gov/spinalcordinjuries.html