Slip and Fall Accidents and Back Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can cause a variety of injuries including severe and lasting back pain. Slip and falls are more likely to cause back-related injuries in individuals who are older or suffer from preexisting conditions, but anyone could potentially develop a back problem from a slip and fall. Below we will discuss the most common types of back-related slip and fall injuries and how to determine liability when these accidents occur. At times, victims may be able to receive compensation for their injuries by pursuing a premises liability lawsuit against the negligent property owner.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Back Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control reports that over one million slip and fall accidents occur throughout the nation annually. Although many victims do not suffer injuries, some are seriously hurt by these types of falls. As many as 17,000 citizens perish each year from slip and fall accidents. One of the most common types of injuries reported after a fall are injuries to the back. Common types of back-related slip and fall injuries include:
- Back strains (an injured or torn muscle)
- Back sprains (when ligaments are stretched beyond their normal limits)
- Compression fractures
- Spondylolisthesis (when one vertebra slides over the vertebra below it and causes misalignment)
- Radiculopathy (pinched nerves as a result of damage to the muscles, bones, tendons or cartilage around the spine)
- Tailbone injuries (Slipping backwards often causes injuries around the lower spine and tailbone. The tailbone can become bruised and cause severe pain for up to a month)
- Herniated Disc (Ruptured, slipped or pulled disc)
- Spinal cord injury causing a loss of feeling below the affected area
Some of these injuries can be healed with time, rest and pain medication, but others require surgery or extensive treatment. Back pain is particularly debilitating for most Americans.
Determining Liability and Pursuing a Lawsuit
If your slip and fall accident occurred on someone else’s property, then it may be possible to receive compensation through a premises liability lawsuit. Courtrooms will analyze whether the property owner acted reasonably to prevent the dangerous condition that led to your injury or not, and they will also consider the level of carelessness displayed by the victim. In situations where the property owner is found to have acted negligently, the victim will be compensated for the losses associated with the injury.
Contact a Pittsburgh Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Slip and Fall Case in Pennsylvania
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a slip and fall in Pennsylvania? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. represent clients injured because of slips, trips and falls in Pittsburgh and all of the Western Pennsylvania counties. Call 412-766-1455 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3634 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.
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