The potential for a slip, trip and fall accident exists pretty much everywhere – on the sidewalks, stairways, aisles and other open areas with hazards like slippery floors, torn carpets or loose cables. If you sustain an injury following a slip-and-fall accident that is not your fault, you may pursue the premise’s owner or management for compensation through Connecticut negligence laws.
Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to a variety of injuries to the back. Generally, these injuries happen when the slip-and-fall victim lands on their back during the fall. Here are some of the back injuries that you might sustain following a slip-and-fall accident:
Fractures to the spine
A dislocation or a fractured spine can be life-altering. Following the dislocation, you may experience debilitating back pain that will require therapy to manage. If the injury progresses, you may suffer severe damage to the spine that might result in paralysis.
Some of the symptoms of a fractured spine include neck and back pain, tingling, numbness, bladder and bowel changes and muscle spasms.
Herniated discs happen when the discs between the bones of the spine are damaged during impact. This can result in leaking of the fluid that cushions these bones. As a result, the discs in the spine might rub against each other causing severe pain. Raptured or herniated discs can also exert pressure on the spinal cord resulting in paralysis.
Strains and sprains
Even if the slip-and-fall accident does not result in bone fractures, you can still hurt the muscles and ligaments on your back. While these soft-tissue injuries may not be permanent, they can be extremely painful. And this can keep you out of work for weeks or even months.
Back injuries that are associated with slip-and-fall accidents can greatly disrupt your life. Find out how you can pursue damages if you are hurt in a slip-and-fall accident that is attributable to someone else’s negligent actions.