When you check into a hotel or stop to buy a soda at the gas station, you don’t expect to get hurt. However, if the store didn’t clean its floors after someone spilled something or if there is a leak that caused a puddle, you couldn’t slip and fall, possibly suffering serious injuries.
People tend to think of falls that occur while they’re standing on the ground as minor and not dangerous, the truth is that you can suffer many different injuries. Some of these can prove life-altering. What injuries might you suffer after you fall that could change the course of your life?
A broken bone
When people fall, they may try to catch themselves or hit something on their way down to the ground. Broken bones are one of the most common injuries reported from serious falls, with hip, femur and arm bones among the most common fractures people report. Older adults are at particular risk of severe fractures that could require months of recovery time.
Traumatic brain injury
Trying to catch yourself might mean that you break a bone, but that is better than falling and not stopping your momentum. Whether you hit your head on the ground or on a wall next to you, the blunt force trauma could cause bleeding or swelling of the brain.
Traumatic brain injuries can change everything from your personality to your sense of balance. They can get worse over time if you don’t get treatment for them quickly.
Thankfully, businesses and property owners usually carry premises liability coverage. This insurance will help reimburse you for your lost wages, property damage and medical costs after you fall. Knowing your rights when you slip and fall can help you pursue a premises liability claim for the compensation you deserve.