A slip and fall accident can cause a severe injury to the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is damaged, the accident often creates permanent changes in strength, sensation, and other body functions located below the site of the injury. Victims of slip and fall accidents whose spinal cords are damaged often report that every aspect of their lives takes on radical changes.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Doctors either place spinal cord injuries into one of two categories listed below.
- Complete: Total loss in feeling and ability to control movement below injury site.
- Incomplete: Partial loss in feeling and ability to control movement below injury site.
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents frequently lead to some form of paralysis. Two types of paralysis that result from a spinal cord injury are listed below.
- Quadriplegia: Paralysis affects arms, hands, trunk, legs, and pelvic organs
- Paraplegia: Paralysis affects trunk, legs, and pelvic organs
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States. Many slip and fall accidents cause severe spinal cord injuries. The high incidence rate has led investigators to further investigate what is causing so many slip and fall accidents.
Research proved that most slip and fall injuries are due to the negligence of the property owner. For example, if the ground surface of a store or workplace is determined to be hazardous, then it is possible to prove negligence on the part of the property owner. In many cases, the property owner can be held liable for compensating the victims for damages and loss.
Another common cause of slip and fall injuries is due to a hazardous physical obstruction, such as a broken sprinkler, stairway, or concrete. If the floor is slippery, this is also determined to be a hazardous condition. These are obvious hazards that a business or property owner is required to repair in due time, in order to prevent injury to innocent victims. If the property owner fails to clean up a spill quickly, then they too will be held liable for all damages.
Have you ever slipped and fallen due to a hazardous condition on someone else’s South Florida property?
You are likely eligible to file a personal injury legal claim and receive compensation. Individuals who have a slip and fall accident can incur serious injuries, often spinal cord damage that changes every area of their personal and professional life.
If you or a family member have been injured from a slip and fall that has caused a spinal cord injury, it is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Personal Injury Attorney. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.
If you need assistance to determine if you should pursue your slip and fall claim, the Law Offices of David Benenfeld is here to help. For or a free legal consultation and book call today: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].