Slip and fall accidents are all too common. Injuries from such accidents may range in severity from minor cuts and scrapes to broken bones to partial or total paralysis.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include wet, slippery surfaces; poor footwear lacking the needed traction for the surface; poor visibility; torn carpeting; loose or broken tile; cracked sidewalks; potholes; debris and clutter; lack of handrails on stairways; and distractions.
If someone suffers such an accident while on the property of another, premises liability laws provide that the owner is responsible for injuries in most cases. This legal protection is especially important if the accident results in some form of paralysis.
Forms of Paralysis
Paralysis occurs when damage to nerves disrupts the signals to muscles. When a person slips and falls, nerve damage is common. This is especially so when the fall results in someone hitting their head or craning their neck. The sudden jolt or twisting may cause damage to the brain or spinal cord. In some falls, the muscles shock and lock up, pinching a nerve. This may cause temporary paralysis and severe pain and is enough to merit a trip to the emergency room.
With other falls, the injury is more severe. Brain damage, or injury to the vertebrate in the spine may cause permanent impairment. Paralysis can affect any part of the body, but in slip and fall accidents, the most common forms are as follows:
- monoplegia is paralysis of one limb
- hemiplegia occurs when the arm and leg on the same side are affected
- paraplegia affects both legs and the lower body, and
- quadriplegia (tetraplegia) results in total paralysis of both arms and legs
If head trauma is the cause of the condition, there may be other problems as well. The brain operates multiple parts of the body and such an injury could result in organ failure, sexual dysfunction, mood disorders, and more. For good reason, if a person suffers from any degree of paralysis because of a slip and fall accident on the property of another, they need to contact a skilled lawyer to discuss options.
Cherry Hill Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Paralysis Victims Recover Damages
Whether your paralysis is permanent or not, if your accident was the result of negligence on the part of a business, government office, or homeowner, you have the right to sue for damages. This includes compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and transportation costs. The Cherry Hill slip and fall lawyers at DiTomaso Law can help. Let us review your case at no charge today by completing our simple, online form or call us now at 856-414-0010. We serve clients throughout South Jersey and Philadelphia.