A slip and fall accident can happen almost anywhere and can result in various injuries. Depending on the situation and the health of the victim, some of these wounds can be serious. In some instances, a person who has fallen may not recognize the extent to the damage until hours, days, months, or even years after they were harmed. That is why it is important to get prompt medical attention after a slip and fall incident and to see your doctor for any pain or problems which develop after you have fallen. Some common slip and fall injuries can include:
When you experience a sudden fall onto a hard surface, it is likely you will have some bruising to the areas of your body which make contact. While an unsightly bruise may seem harmless, this kind of injury could develop into a more serious issue such as a hematoma. Further, external bruising may be an indication that you have also bruised internal organs.
Sprains and Strains
According to the Mayo Clinic, a sprain involves the stretching or tearing of ligaments while a strain is the stretching or tearing of your muscle or tendon. During a slip and fall accident, you can easily sprain an area such as your ankle or strain your tendons and muscles.
Falling unexpectedly and with force can also fracture various bones. While some bones, such as a leg or arm will be noticeably painful if they are broken, there are some fractures which can go undetected. For instances, there are small bones in the feet as well as rib bones which could be broken during a fall but to nor be obvious without medical attention.
Spinal Cord Damage
Slipping and falling on your back or tailbone commonly occurs during this type of accident. When these areas are wounded, the individual could experience significant injuries which permanently impact his or her ability to function.
Traumatic Brain Injury
While someone who has been through a sip and fall may not always injure their head, there can be incidents which involve a traumatic brain injury. This kind of injury involves the victim experiencing force to the head which impacts his or her brain functioning. When someone has traumatic brain injury it can result in issues such as memory loss, confusion, and emotional and mental changes.
After a slip and fall, it is critical that you get immediate and proper medical attention for any injuries. You would also benefit from consulting with an experienced personal injury who can help you assess your damages and ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover.
At the Draper Law Office, we attorneys who are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or by calling (866) 767-4711 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation in one of our three convenient office locations: Kissimmee, St. Cloud, and Orlando.