When people hear the phrase “personal injury,” they often think of car accidents, medical malpractice, or even dog bites. Something that looks as harmless as a little slip and fall does not always get the recognition it deserves as a severe personal injury. What exactly can a slip and fall cause a victim to suffer?

You may be surprised to learn that more than a million people suffer a slip and fall injury every year. You may also be surprised to learn how damaging a slip and fall injury can be. There are significant consequences to these injuries, such as:

Dislocated joints

Landing on a knee, hip, or shoulder can cause a bone to fall out of its joint. A dislocated joint can be extremely painful to suffer and even more painful to correct. Lasting consequences of dislocation can also make a victim more prone to suffer continued dislocations in the future.

Broken bones

A fall on a puddle of water or a flight of stairs can break one or more bones. A break in a simple bone like a femur can take weeks or months to heal, and the cast will hinder a lot of movement. If something more complex like a wrist breaks, it may never heal properly, and limit motor function for the rest of a victim’s life.

Spine and nerve damage

If the fall damages the nervous system, a victim can experience paralysis, numbness, and limited motor function. A victim may also experience back pain that may come and go for the rest of their life.

Traumatic brain injuries

A blow to the head can be extremely dangerous. A brain injury can cause a victim to suffer memory loss, delirium, confusion, vertigo, stroke, coma, and even personality changes. These injuries are especially severe because of how hard they can be to detect.

Watch your step

A slip and fall can come from a spill on the floor, a loose handrail, an uneven step, or a patch of black ice. When the consequences to a minor call can last a lifetime, be sure that you are keeping your balance.