What Happens To Your Body When You Slip And Fall?

While we often think of slips and falls as minor accidents that result in cuts or bruises, what happens to your body when you slip and fall can actually be much more serious.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. While slip and falls are most prevalent amongst older adults, they can happen to anyone.

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Common Injuries in a Slip and Fall

Did you know that in 20-30 percent of all slip and fall cases, you are likely to suffer severe injuries. Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries, but there are other injuries you can also sustain.

Additionally, falls among older adults are especially common and dangerous, often leading to traumatic brain injury, cervical fractures, and spinal cord injury.

Learn more about the common injuries in a slip and fall below. Also check out premises liability law.


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures related to falls.  Of those hip fractures, 95% are caused by falling sideways. In general, a hip fracture will be easily identified as it creates intense pain that radiates in the hip or groin.

Spinal fractures can result from falling on your back. Spinal fractures, herniated discs, chipped vertebrae and dislocations can pinch, compress, and even tear the spinal cord.   These injuries can have long-term consequences.

Fractures can result in surgery and extensive therapy.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Roughly 30% of all spinal cord injuries result from a slip and fall accident. Though not all spinal cord and back injuries result in paralysis, they can be serious. Common spinal cord injuries following a slip and fall accident include:slip and fall injury doctor pointing something out in an xray

These injuries are not always obvious right away. After the accident it is critical to seek medical attention and to reach out to a healthcare provider if new symptoms or injuries emerge in the days and weeks following. Spinal cord injuries can take months to repair, if the victim ever truly recovers. Unfortunately, a victim of a severe spinal cord injury may face life altering medical conditions and debilitating pain. 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries are more common than people think when it comes to slips and falls. Unfortunately, the symptoms of a TBI are not always apparent right away. If you have experienced bleeding, swelling, or confusion and dizziness following a slip and fall accident, you need to seek medical attention immediately.

Even a minor concussion can become serious when left untreated. 

Minor Injuries

Less than half of older adults who get hurt in a slip and fall tell their doctor. While not all slip and fall cases result in catastrophic injury, they do often result in at least minor issues.

Common injuries associated with slip and fall cases include:


Even if the person who falls has not suffered serious injury in a slip and fall, they may develop anxiety which greatly impacts their quality of life.

According to the CDC, those who fall become afraid of falling. This anxiety may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities, causing them to become physically weaker, and isolated. 

Who Is Most Likely to Suffer Severe Injuries in a Slip and Fall Accident?

Some demographics are more likely than others to suffer severe injuries in a slip and fall accident. The CDC explains that the existence of one or more of the following categories may face serious injury after a slip and fall accident.

Again, these problems alone are not always the sole cause of a slip and fall, rather when compiled together, can lead to serious issues. 

How Can Regan Zambri Long Help Me After a Slip and Fall Accident?

If you or your loved one sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have. Backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, we have an established reputation for pursuing legal excellence. You can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that we are protecting your rights from start to finish. We will do everything in our power to secure the maximum compensation you need to pay for injury-related expenses, such as medical care, physical therapy, and lost income.

For a free consultation explaining what to do after a slip and fall accident, call (202) 960-4596 or fill out our confidential online contact form.

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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