Types of Injuries from Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and-Fall Accidents

There are exceptions to just about every law. One law of physics is that when a person is involved in a slip-and-fall accident, he or she usually falls backward. Another law of physics is that when that person is involved in a trip-and-fall, he or usually she falls forward. Although those two different types of accidents are sometimes characterized interchangeably, they ordinarily result in two different sets of injuries.


Part of the law of physics involving slip-and-falls involves a person’s foot encountering a wet or even a dry substance on a walking surface. That substance might be water, a lubricant, sawdust, rice, ice or even a round object like a ball bearing. As a result of the substance or object being on a walking surface, one of the victim’s feet will fly outward and upward, causing him or her to fall backward. Here are some of the injuries that are commonly associated with slip-and-falls:

  • Skull fractures
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Disc herniations
  • Hip injuries


The law of physics involving trip-and-falls involves a person’s foot stumbling as a result of encountering an uneven surface or fixed object on or immediately above a walking surface. The victim’s body falls forward, and one of his or her feet fly behind and upward. Here are some of the injuries that are commonly associated with trip-and-falls:

  • Facial fractures
  • Dental injuries
  • Wrist fractures
  • Elbow fractures
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries

Contact us after any of these injuries in Philadelphia

Homeowners, stores and government entities should work to prevent these types of accidents in Philadelphia and beyond. Getting compensated for these types of injuries is difficult. Contact an experienced Philadelphia slip and fall accident lawyer if you were injured in any type of slip and fall (or trip and fall) accident in Philly or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. is a Philadelphia Personal Injury Law Firm with extensive experience in dealing with all types of injuries. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.