Injuries in Bakersfield Slip and Fall Cases

Donald Colvin, Esq

Far from being the comedic but ultimately harmless pratfalls they are often portrayed as in cartoons, slipping and tripping accidents can—and very often do—cause very serious injuries when they happen in real life. Even a relatively “minor” injury from this type of accident can keep you out of work for weeks and cause you a lot of unexpected financial hardship, and the losses that a more serious injury may result in are exponentially worse.

Fortunately, it is often possible to hold a property owner legally liable for a slip and fall accident if you can prove the negligent upkeep of their land directly led to you suffering otherwise preventable harm. Here are some of the most common injuries in Bakersfield slip and fall cases that experienced attorneys can help build comprehensive civil claims around.

Broken Bones

Any kind of bone fracture stemming from a slip and fall accident in Bakersfield can have significant physical, financial, and even psychological consequences, and they often take months to fully heal even with proper medical treatment. However, slipping and tripping accidents which lead to falls off of high surfaces or onto particularly hard ones can lead to fractures in the pelvis, spine, or skull which may require intensive emergency care and may take years to heal completely or never heal completely at all. Very young and very old people are especially susceptible to sustaining this kind of catastrophic harm.

Spinal Cord Trauma

While the vertebrae that comprise the spinal cord provide a decent amount of protection to the “center” of the central nervous system, the spinal cord is still extremely susceptible to suffering severe and often irreversible damage from the kind of traumatic impact a slip and fall can produce. Minor bruising of the spinal cord may produce only temporary symptoms, but tears—let alone the complete severing of the spinal cord at the injury site—almost always cause permanent paralysis.

Severe Brain Damage

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are another very serious consequence that a Bakersfield trip and fall accident could potentially have. Not only can severe brain trauma cause a loss of sensory and motor function just like a spinal cord injury could, but damage to the brain can also cause cognitive issues that leave the injured person unable to hold gainful employment or even care for themselves on a daily basis for the rest of their lives.

Internal Organ Injuries

While not as quite as common as other types of injuries commonly seen in Bakersfield slip and fall cases, internal organ trauma can occur through this sort of accident if it leads to severe blunt-force trauma or a penetrating injury to the torso. In both scenarios, one or more crucial organs may suffer permanent damage, resulting in a loss of bodily function which may negatively impact the injured person’s ability to live a normal life without around-the-clock medical assistance.

Let a Bakersfield Attorney Help Recovery for Slip and Fall Injuries

Unfortunately, civil restitution alone cannot always completely erase the consequences of a serious slip and fall accident caused by a landowner’s misconduct. What it can do, though, is dramatically improve your quality of life despite the harm done to you by addressing specific economic and non-economic losses your injury has caused already and likely will cause in the future.

Regardless of the specific circumstances under which they occur, recovering fairly for injuries in Bakersfield slip and fall cases is much easier with support from dependable legal counsel. Call today to learn more.