Slip and fall accidents can range from the superficial to the very serious. Many simple slip and fall accidents occur on wet or slippery pavements or floors, and the injuries caused can include sprains, fractures, bruising, or concussion. The most serious slip and fall injuries are those involving bone fracture or head trauma. Elderly people are particularly susceptible to bone fracture as a result of a slip and fall accident. This is often the result of a gradual deterioration in bone strength. Such injuries can often require hospital treatment and a prolonged period of rehabilitation. Even a minor sprain can involve a great deal of pain and suffering. If a head injury occurs as a result of a slip and fall accident, it's very important that a doctor examine the victim as soon as possible. Such so-called closed head injuries are especially dangerous because the extent of the injury is not always immediately apparent. In some cases, symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, or disorientation can appear some time after the accident occurs. Home and business owners can be held responsible for slip and fall accidents that occur on their property if it can be shown that adequate safety precautions were not taken. An employer may be held liable for slip and fall accidents that occur in the workplace. Victims may be able to recover medical costs and be compensated for loss of income and for pain and suffering.