Back Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents

Back Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents

According to data released by the center for Disease Control slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental injury in the United States, second only to traffic accidents. One of the most common injuries associated with slip and fall accidents are back injuries. This article is written to inform individuals who have suffered back injuries from slip and fall accidents of their legal rights.

Legal Consultation: If you have any further legal questions feel free to contact our law firm toll free (855)385-2529. All legal consultations regarding personal injury claims are offered by our attorneys at no cost.

Most Common Types of Back Injury Resulting From a Slip and a Fall Accidents

  • Sprain and Strains leading to permanent pain and suffering of not treated
  • Spinal Cord Injury Leading to Quadriplegia or paraplegia Lower back strain
  • Bulging disc in back
  • Strained Disk in back
  • Herniated discs and Bulging discs in the back
  • Lumbar strains

Spine Injury Caused By Slip and Fall Accidents:

There are three main areas of the spine

  1. Neck area (cervical vertebrae),
  2. The upper back (thoracic vertebrae)
  3. The lower back (lumbar vertebrae (lower back)

The cervical Vertebrae starts at the bottom of the skull and extends all the way down to the thoracic spine including  the C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7 vertebrae, and supports the head and neck areas as well as protect the spinal cord.

Thoracic Vertebrae is comprised of the twelve vertebrae known as T1 through T12.  Its function is to stabilize the body and protecting vital organs.  The thoracic spine is connected to the rib cage, and in addition to stability, provides a protective cage for the heart, lungs, and liver.

Lumbar Vertebrae  is commonly known as the lower back, the lumbar starts roughly six inches from the shoulder blade, connecting to the thoracic vertebrae, and extends to the tail bone.  The lumbar spine consists of the L1 – L5 Vertebrae.

Filing a Slip and Fall Back Injury Lawsuit:

According to premises liability laws owners and operators of a property owe visitors a level of care determined by their reason for their presence on the property.

Invitee:  They are owed the highest duty of care.  The definition of an invitee is any individual who is either expressly or impliedly invited to another person’s premises for their mutual benefit.

Licensee: Social Guests – Any individual who enters the premises at the owner or possessors consent for a non business or commercial purpose.  In order to recover as a licensee, a victim must establish (all three):

  1. The owner or possessor knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, and should have known that it created an unreasonable risk of harm, and likewise should have known that the plaintiff would fail to discover the dangerous condition
  2. The owner or possessor did not make the condition safe or failed to warn the licensee of the condition
  3. The licensee did not know of the dangerous condition or the risks involved.

Trespassers: Unlike an invitee or licensee, a trespasser enters premises without the property owner or possessor’s consent.  Generally, no duty is owed to a trespasser.  However, in situations where the possessor knows of potential trespassers,  he or she must give reasonable warning for dangerous conditions, but only for artificial conditions, and only if the condition is not obvious

Right to Compensation: Victims of Personal injury are entitled to financial compensation for all losses incurred due to the negligent or intention acts of others. Injures parties are entitled to compensation for such things as

  • Medical and health care costs
  • Cost of future rehabilitation care
  • Lost wages and loss of future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional Trauma including Post traumatic stress

Attorney Consultation: if you have any further questions contact our law offices toll free (855)385-2529.

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