Why medical attention is so important if you’ve had a slip and fall accident
Trip/slip and fall accidents happen all the time and all over the country, affecting thousands of people every day. It is estimated that there are approximately 8 million emergency room visits due to falls each year and that 12% of these are the result of slip or trip falls.
Sometimes victims of these accidents end up with very obvious injuries, such as broken bones, scrapes, and open wounds. However, other times the injuries may not be so evident, having people think they are fine and deciding not to seek medical attention.
By avoiding a trip to the doctor’s office, you could risk developing long-term injuries, chronic pain, and even putting your life in danger. Some injuries may not be as visible and obvious as others but can be very serious. Below is a list of the most common injuries people can sustain in a slip/trip and fall accident:
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Head injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Hip and knee fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprains and other invoices
- Injuries to muscles, tissues, and joints
No matter how minor you think your fall might have been, it’s essential to seek medical attention. This is critical if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person responsible for the place where you suffered the accident.
In a lawsuit of this type, you will have to show that the person acted negligently, and therefore, your injuries are the direct result of that negligence. Additionally, you will have to prove that your medical expenses have been generated from the injury, and you should be compensated for them.
A health professional must determine the seriousness of your injuries, the medical treatments you will require, and the recovery time you will need. All the documentation that you can obtain from your doctor and hospital will be part of the evidence to solidify your case.
The longer you wait, the more complicated your injuries may become. Waiting to visit a doctor may complicate being able to relate the injuries directly to the fall, especially if you developed an illness or had some other accident during that time.
Don’t wait. Call us today to get a consultation. We would love to help you!