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
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.