The Effects of a Slip & Fall on the Spine

Posted By Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC || 20-Mar-2015

Slip, trip and fall accidents can have serious effects on the spinal column. Advanced imaging shows the difference between pre and post-fall lumbar scans.

Slip and fall accidents can occur virtually anywhere. Injuries range from mild to permanently debilitating. Paulson Coletti’s Portland personal injury lawyers represent individuals who have been wrongfully injured in these types of accidents. In order to accurately explain the extent of the injuries and the connection between the negligence and the injuries sustained, our lawyers must work with concrete medical evidence and consult with expert witnesses. The video below shows in detail the effects of a slip and fall on the spine.

Slip and Fall Accidents Often Cause Disc Herniation

Spinal disc herniation is one possible consequence of a slip and fall accident. It is a relatively common injury, sustained by an estimated three million people in the nation annually. Many people suffer herniated discs from repetitive stress, such as heavy lifting, but a number of factors can cause it. People who sustain spinal disc herniation might experience sharp pain in that region, numbness, or tingling.

Other symptoms can include neck stiffness or muscle spasms. In the most severe cases, spinal disc herniation will require surgical treatment. Minor disc herniation is treatable with anti-inflammatory drugs, rest, and sometimes, minor chiropractic treatment. The video below shows that the slip and fall accident caused disc herniation in the L4-L5 region of the spine. The disc herniation caused effacement of the thecal sac, which essentially describes a pinched nerve. The video also depicts a paracentral and lateral herniation, both of which can result in back and neck pain.

Nerve Root Effacement

The video below depicts a severe effacement of left nerve root, severe effacement of the entrance of the left neural foramen, and multifactorial moderate canal compromise. To diagnose nerve root effacement, it is critical that the injured individual visit the doctor right away. Not only is prompt medical treatment essential for the best chances of a fully recovery, but it can also establish crucial medical evidence that can be used in your case against a negligent party.

Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are common at the workplace. While Paulson Coletti does not handle workers’ compensation cases, we do handle work injuries under Oregon’s Employer Liability Law. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident at the workplace, we invite you to contact us today to learn about your legal rights and options.

Other common venues for slip and fall accidents include:

  • Privately owned buildings (defective stairwells, uneven or slick surfaces, etc.)
  • Public property (ex. city sidewalks)
  • Defective equipment (everything from industrial equipment to exercise equipment)

If you sustained a spinal cord injury such as a herniated disc, sprain, or fracture, we invite you to contact the Portland personal injury lawyers at Paulson Coletti today for a free evaluation of your case.

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