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Texas slip and fall injury lawyerSlipping on a banana peel and dramatically falling is one of the oldest slapstick gags in cinematic history. When it happens to one of the Three Stooges or some other comedic character, it never fails to get a laugh. It may even be followed up by yet another common punchline - “I’m okay!” However, slip-and-fall accidents in real life are often not nearly as funny - and the person who has fallen may be very far from okay. Certainly, some people do get up laughing after a minor fall. For others, a slip-and-fall could be a life-altering event. Some people are more vulnerable to suffering serious injury due to a slip-and-fall. 

The elderly and people with certain medical conditions, like existing back problems or osteoporosis, are far more likely to be seriously harmed by falling. Yet, even a young and healthy individual could suffer major injuries if they have a bad landing. If you slipped and fell in a store, restaurant, or another public place, you may be able to recover compensation. 

A Slip-and-Fall Accident Could Cause Serious Injuries

When a person slips and falls, they will almost invariably land on their back. Serious injuries are most likely to result when a person lands on the upper part of their back, as the head and neck are likely to take some of the force. Some of the most serious injuries a slip-and-fall may cause include: 

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Harris County Personal Injury LawyerFor many people, falling down results in little more than a few scratches and bruises. However, some fall victims suffer critical injuries that leave them permanently disabled. Something as simple as walking through a parking lot or shopping at a grocery store can lead to severe slip and fall accidents that cause life-changing medical problems. If you or a loved one suffered a debilitating injury in a slip and fall accident, contact a skilled premises liability attorney for help taking legal action.

Falls Resulting in Severe Injuries

According to the CDC, about one in five fall accidents leads to a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury. Elderly people are especially vulnerable to severe injuries in a fall accident because their bones are often weaker than the bones of young people. Individuals taking blood thinners and those with vitamin D deficiency are also at increased risk of severe and fatal injuries in a fall accident.

Brain injuries can lead to physical and mental injuries that dramatically impact the victim’s life. The initial head injury usually heals. However, secondary injuries such as oxidative stress and excitotoxicity can permanently damage the neurons in the brain. Traumatic brain injury sufferers can experience difficulty communicating, memory loss, reduced problem-solving abilities, and psychological problems like depression and irritability.

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