When you run errands, visit friends or attend a community event, there is nearly always an element of danger involved. Although, many times, these potential risks remain unnoticed until they cause a problem.

However, often due to someone’s negligence, slip-and-fall accidents are more typical than you might realize. And slip-and-fall lawsuits are not uncommon, as serious injuries can result. But do you know what kind of injuries you could sustain?

How serious can slip-and-fall injuries be?

As adults, falling can be embarrassing. But if you slip and fall at a business or on someone’s property, you should report your accident immediately, and do not be surprised if some of your injuries become apparent over the next few days.

Common injuries related to a slip-and-fall accident include:

  • Cuts and bruises – Scrapes and bumps are often minor. However, in some cases they could require stitches or signify more serious injuries, such as a broken bone.
  • Head injuries – Hitting your head can be serious, especially since head trauma could cause unconsciousness or a concussion. Depending on the situation, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) could result.
  • Fractures – A medical provider may need to set a broken bone, so it heals correctly. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
  • Spinal cord injuries – Extensive, permanent damage could result from spinal cord damage. This could result in paralysis, requiring expensive medical treatment and lifelong care.

While you can remain aware of your surroundings and try to avoid accidents, this may not always be possible. However, if you do get hurt from slipping and falling, be sure to seek medical attention. Documentation of the accident and your injuries can help support your potential claims if you seek to hold someone accountable.