Maybe it was a wet floor, a broken stair, uneven carpet, or poor lighting that caused you to slip and fall. Whatever the cause, the physical consequences of your fall can be significant.
Possible Slip and Fall Injuries
Some of the injuries that can result from a fall accident include:
- Sprained or strained muscles. Sprains and strains often heal on their own but can cause significant pain before they heal. You may lose time from work and benefit from physical therapy.
- Cuts. Like sprains and strains, cuts often heal on their own. However, some cuts result in permanent scarring, and some cuts may become infected.
- Broken bones. Any bone can break during a fall. For example, you could break your wrist if you put your hand out to stop the fall. Some people, particularly older people, are at risk of breaking a hip or pelvis. Often, limited activities are required during the healing process. Sometimes hospitalizations or surgeries are necessary, and lifelong complications may occur.
- Traumatic brain injuries. If you hit your head during a fall, you may suffer a brain injury. The severity of the brain injury and your recovery depend on how hard you hit your head and the area of the brain that is affected. You may recover from a mild brain injury or suffer lifelong consequences from a moderate or severe brain injury.
- Spinal cord injuries. You could suffer an incomplete or complete spinal cord injury during a fall. This could result in paralysis, loss of bladder or bowel control, headaches, muscle pain, and other serious health complications.
- Slipped discs. A disc in your back can slip and cause pain. This condition is also known as a herniated disc. You may experience weakness, numbness, pain, and tingling, and you may require medication, surgery, and physical therapy.
- Whiplash. If your body is thrust forward and backward in a quick jerking motion, you could suffer whiplash. Rest, physical therapy, and sometimes pharmaceutical injections can help you heal.
You can suffer one or more of these injuries without feeling immediate pain or exhibiting symptoms right away. Therefore, it’s essential to protect yourself by getting medical help as soon as possible after your fall.
Take Action After a Florida Slip and Fall Injury
If you suffer any injury after a slip and fall, now is the time to take action. Contact an experienced Florida Panhandle slip and fall lawyer today for a free consultation about your case. Let’s talk about whether you have a claim, how to protect your rights, and how to get the fair recovery you deserve.