A slip-and-fall injury is a matter of losing traction between the bottom of your shoe and the surface on which you are walking.
If you slip, you will probably fall backward, which can result in a variety of injuries, some of them quite serious.
A supermarket fall
You might not think of a supermarket as a dangerous place. However, any kind of liquid on the floor can lead to a fall. It could be water that has leaked from a refrigerator. The cleaning crew may have used an oil-based cleaning solution. If it has not dried by the time you walk across it, you could easily lose traction.
If you fall backward, you might only sustain a few bruises. However, you could also experience a serious injury:
– Broken bone: If you have pain in a bone or joint, you should seek immediate assistance at a hospital emergency room. You could have anything from a minor fracture to a complete break requiring surgery.
– Head injury: In a backward fall, you could hit your head, which might result in a concussion or a more serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some brain injuries show no symptoms for several days, so prompt medical attention is essential.
– Spinal cord injury: A back injury is common when someone slips and falls. The impact could sever or compress your spinal cord. Immediate medical care is critical as there is a danger of paralysis.
While you focus on recovery from a slip-and-fall injury, an advocate can work on your behalf to determine if negligence on the part of the property owner or another party contributed to your injury. As the victim, you have a right to expect maximum compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and more.