Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Serious Back Injuries
With the weather getting colder, and ice and snow becoming a regular part of the forecast, the chances of being involved in a slip and fall accident increase substantially. While many people believe slip and falls are minor accidents, they have the potential to cause serious back and spine injuries for victims. At the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates in Nashville, our dedicated legal professionals are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve after a back injury caused by a slip and fall. To learn more about your legal options, call or contact our office for a free consultation.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere there is a wet, icy, greasy, or slippery floor and a negligent property owner. Property owners or occupiers have a duty to fix hazardous conditions that can cause a slip and fall accident or warn visitors about its existence. The chances of a slip and fall accident increase when the weather gets colder as parking lots and sidewalks can become icy, and melting ice or snow tracked indoors can cause dangerous conditions, too. Cold weather slip and falls happen more often at retail stores, restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and other places where there are public walkways and many people traversing in the same space.
Back Injuries Caused by Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious back and spine injuries, especially in cases where direct impact is made during the fall. The chances of a severe injury are increased when the victim is elderly or has a prior history of back and spine issues. Even slip and falls that do not involve a direct impact with the spine can still cause back injuries, as the jarring motion of a fall can be enough to cause substantial problems. Some of the most common back and spine injuries seen after a cold weather slip and fall include the following:
- Bone bruises
- Slipped disc
- Herniated disc
- Broken vertebrae
- Spinal cord damage
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries, and more.
Some of these back and spine injuries can be so serious they can cause permanent damage, disability, and a lifetime of pain. Many of these injuries require extensive medical treatment, possible surgery, and other invasive medical care. It is critical that victims of slip and falls are compensated properly for their back and spine injuries after an accident in order to cover the extensive medical costs and other damages caused by these injuries.
How a Lawyer Can Help
An attorney is critical after a slip and fall accident in the winter season. A lawyer reviews the facts of the case, gathers evidence for your claim, and negotiates with the insurance companies while you focus on your recovery. An attorney understands the true value of your case and will not settle for less in order to ensure that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. If the insurer refuses to settle for an appropriate amount, a lawyer can take your case to trial and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Talk to Our Office
To schedule a free case consultation after a slip and fall, call or contact Mitch Grissim & Associates today to speak with a Nashville personal injury lawyer.