Slip and fall accidents caused by wet floors, debris, or poorly maintained buildings can result in a number of different injuries. Many of these injuries do not have immediately obvious symptoms. If you've been involved in a slip and fall accident, you should seek prompt medical attention as a precautionary measure.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are common types of slip and fall injuries. While they are unlikely to cause permanent damage, they can result in significant discomfort and extended time away from work. In more serious cases, physical therapy may be needed to regain full mobility.
Cuts and Abrasions
Cuts and abrasions from a slip and fall accident typically only require basic first aid. However, severe cuts will need stitches and carry the possibility of disfiguring scars. Infection is also a possible complication during the healing process if the wounds aren't kept clean.
Whiplash is an injury that occurs when the neck and head jolt forward and then backward, making a motion similar to the cracking of a whip. This can result in pain in the neck as well as pain that radiates down the lower back and legs. Over the counter pain relievers, ice, and rest are sufficient treatment in most cases, but some patients require physical therapy and prescription injections.
Also known as a slipped disc, a herniated disc is an injury that occurs when the soft center of the disc pushes through the harder outer shell and irritates neighboring nerves. A herniated disc in the back creates tingling, weakness, numbness, or pain in the neck, upper or lower back, legs, or buttocks. Medication, physical therapy, and possible surgery may be needed for treatment.
When you fall, there is a natural instinct to attempt to catch yourself or otherwise break your fall, However, this often results in broken wrists or ankles. Both of these injuries can make it difficult to complete daily activities.
If you happen to fall forward, your chest may strike the ground with enough force to cause your clavicle to fracture. This will cause swelling and increased pain when you attempt to move your shoulder.
For senior citizens, a fall can also result in a broken hip or pelvis due to the thinning of bones that occur as the result of aging. This type of injury can lead to an extended stay in a nursing home with possible lifelong limitations in the ability to complete daily activities. Elderly women have the highest risk of hip fractures because they are most likely to suffer from osteoporosis.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When you strike your head during a fall, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result. A concussion is the mildest form of TBI, but a moderate to severe TBI can cause lifelong problems with key cognitive skills such as paying attention, concentrating on tasks, remembering steps in a daily routine, and retaining new information. Speech, language, and mood may also be affected.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are divided into two types depending on whether the spinal cord is entirely severed: complete and incomplete. Most spinal cord injuries from a slip and fall accident are classified as incomplete injuries. However, this type of injury can still result in symptoms such as varying degrees of paralysis, chronic muscle pain, headaches, changes in mood or personality, loss of fertility, and problems with bladder and bowel function.
Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident caused by someone else's negligence, you're entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To protect your rights, it's best to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who can negotiate on your behalf for the highest possible settlement.
Contact us online or call us directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with the legal team at Neblett, Beard & Arsenault. Appointments are available at six convenient locations throughout the state of Louisiana.