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4 common injuries that result from public slips and falls

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2024 | Personal Injury

Slippery floors, a common culprit in slip-and-fall accidents, can turn a trip to the grocery store or a night out at a restaurant into a trip to the emergency room. Understanding the potential injuries from these falls is crucial for awareness regarding a need to seek proper medical attention in the wake of such circumstances.

Slips and falls can range from a minor scare to a serious medical event. The severity of one’s injury depends on the surface in question, the way they land and their overall health.

Ankle and wrist sprains

These are some of the most common injuries from falls. A sprain occurs when ligaments, the connective tissues around joints, are stretched or torn. Ankles and wrists are particularly vulnerable during a fall as they often bear the brunt of the impact.

Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and difficulty moving the joint. While sprains typically heal with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), seeking medical attention is crucial to help ensure a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


The force of a fall can easily fracture bones, especially in older adults or those with weaker bones. Common fractures from slips and falls include the wrist, hip and arm. A broken bone can cause significant pain, swelling, deformity and an inability to bear weight on the affected limb. If you suspect a fracture, it’s essential to see a doctor immediately for X-rays, proper casting or splinting and pain management.

Head injuries

A blow to the head during a fall can have serious consequences. Even a seemingly minor bump can lead to a concussion, a brain injury that disrupts normal brain function. Symptoms of a concussion can include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Memory problems

More severe falls can cause bleeding in the brain, which requires immediate medical attention. If you experience any head trauma after a fall, seek medical evaluation to rule out serious complications.

Back and spinal cord injuries

Falls can cause significant damage to the back and spine, ranging from muscle strains to herniated discs or even spinal cord injuries. Back injuries can cause pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. Spinal cord injuries can be life-altering, causing weakness, numbness or paralysis depending on the severity.

If you experience a slip-and-fall accident on a slippery floor in a public establishment, the first priority is your health. It’s also important to document the incident, report the fall to the establishment’s manager and keep a copy of the report. Depending on the circumstances, you might also want to consult with a qualified legal team to better understand your legal options.