Injuries resulting from a slip and fall are some of the most common injuries that can happen to people. The injuries sustained can range anywhere from minor to life-threatening. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, cuts, and abrasions are among the types of injuries that can happen. Spinal and brain injuries are among the more serious injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents.
Types of Head Injuries
Slip and fall accidents can result in minor concussions or be as serious as a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can be a life-altering situation. Hitting your head on a hard surface can cause swelling, bleeding and in some cases, people lose consciousness. If any of these symptoms occur, immediate medical care is required.
Minor concussions may not be that serious; however, it is still important to have a doctor examine the injury. These types of head injuries usually clear up without any interventions. On the other hand, if the injury is more serious, such as with a TBI, immediate medical care is necessary to minimize the effects of the injury.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
The fact that serious brain injuries may only produce mild symptoms makes it all the more important to see a doctor is your head is injured in a slip and fall accident. You may feel a little headache, or perhaps a little sore at the impact site, and believe there is not a serious problem. However, many people have had serious complications by ignoring minor symptoms. Besides a headache or temporary loss of consciousness, the symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Brain fog or a feeling of confusion
- Vision problems such as “seeing stars”
If any of these symptoms are present after a slip and fall accident, it is crucial to be seen by a doctor right away. Prompt medical care can prevent a serious condition from developing.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
It is important to always be aware of your surroundings, particularly when you are in a new environment. Being aware can help minimize the chances of a slip and fall accident. It is common to see signs posted in businesses cautioning people when the floor is wet. When you have to walk in an area where there is debris on the floor, you could slip and fall. Uneven surfaces are another problem area.
A slip and fall accident could be the result of someone else’s negligence. When this is the case, you need good legal representation on your side. The law offices of Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., can provide you with that representation. We specialize in personal injury law and serve southwest Florida through our offices located in Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood. For lawyers who care contact Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A.