Most emergency room visits in Pennsylvania involve slip and fall accidents, yet the severity of injuries varies greatly. Even these that don’t seem troubling at first can slowly turn severe. That’s why it’s crucial to get a medical examination following one of these injuries.
Common symptoms after a slip and fall injuries
A concussion is the most common injury following a slip and fall, yet the symptoms that develop after hitting one’s head don’t always manifest immediately, plus you may not even notice them. Always have a doctor evaluate you for a concussion after hitting your head or even your jaw, as the injury can radiate into the brain. Concussion symptoms include:
- Headache and nausea
- Sensitivity to light
- Ringing in the ears
Soft tissue injuries, such as sprains or strains, are also common. Lower back pain can develop after falling down stairs. Other areas that can experience soft tissue injuries are hips, legs and ankles, wrists, arms and shoulders. Numbness in hands can also be a sign . Soft tissue injuries can often trouble you for years. While broken bones are obvious, soft tissue injuries can take time to develop and can become debilitating.
Property owners may be liable for your injury
Property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises safe. If they don’t and demonstrate neglect, they could be liable for your injuries. Whether the fall happens because of a wet floor, icy pavement, obstacles, or other dangerous situations, the property owner had a duty to remedy the problem.
If you have been a victim of a slip and fall accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for the mishap itself, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Victims might get money to help pay or offset medical and living expenses with a strong case.