The idea of a slip-and-fall accident is something quite a few people find humorous. There is a reason that dramatic images of characters slipping often find their ways into comedies. The physical humor of a fall can be entertaining in film or on television, but the reality of a fall can be life-altering for a real person who experiences one.
When you head to a local business, you expect an uneventful experience. For some people, unfortunately, even a simple visit to the grocery store could wind up changing their life. If someone slips on a wet surface while in a store or business, they could fall and wind up severely injured. The more you know about the most common injuries that people suffer after a slip-and-fall, the better prepared you will be to evaluate yourself after an unexpected tumble in public.
Broken bones can happen, but minor injuries are more common
When you fall unexpectedly, it is a natural reflex to try to stop yourself from hitting the floor. Unfortunately, the effort you exert could increase your risk of injuries. Your flailing arms could strike the floor, a wall, your cart or fixtures nearby, such as store shelves. Your legs could also hit something as you fall.
The blunt force trauma involved in that scenario could easily result in a fracture. While broken bones seem like a minor injury to some people, for older adults, broken bones are particularly risky. They can lead to loss of mobility and compromise someone’s ability to recover from injuries and illnesses for the foreseeable future.
Not every slip results in broken bones. Some people walk away with minor scrapes and bruises. Some people never have any visible injuries to show after a slip-and-fall incident. However, just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean you can ignore invisible injuries.
Head injuries are also possible when you fall
Broken bones, cuts, bruises and similar injuries are often obviously painful and visible after a fall, which means you know that you have an injury. Knowing means that you can inform the business owner about it at the time of the incident. You will also know to seek medical care to prevent the symptoms of your injury from worsening.
Unfortunately, head injuries are also possible when you slip and fall, and they can be much more difficult to detect at the time of the accident. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) could end your career or leave you with compromised memory, balance or motor function for the rest of your life. While TBIs are among the most severe injuries you can suffer in a slip-and-fall, they also are the hardest to detect.
You may not realize until several days later that you have symptoms related to a head injury. The potential for delayed symptoms is one reason why it is usually in your best interest to err on the side of caution and report a slip-and-fall incident in the store as soon as it happens, rather than waiting to report it after you have symptoms. That way, if you do eventually develop TBI symptoms, you will be able to get me compensation you need to help cover your lost wages and medical expenses.