Slipping and falling on someone else’s property can be a serious liability and the business or property owner may be held legally responsible for damages. There are many conditions that can lead to a “slip and fall” injury, such as torn or uneven carpeting, inadequate lighting, stairs that aren’t up to code, a wet floor, or cracked sidewalks. A slip and fall injury can occur at a neighbor’s house, a family member’s house, or a local business and can result in very serious injuries.
After a slip and fall injury, you may feel pain right away, but it’s also possible that there will be some delayed injuries. Here are a few delayed injuries that you should look out for after slipping and falling.
One of the most common delayed injuries in a slip and fall is a concussion. Concussion symptoms can typically show up within a few hours of a fall, and can include feeling dizzy, nausea, or listlessness (in other words, when you don’t feel like moving or doing anything).
Hip fractures can be an especially devastating injury for elderly victims of slip and fall accidents. Hip fractures often requires emergency room treatment, surgery for an artificial hip, and a lot of rehabilitation.
Leg Pain or Ankle Sprain
Sometimes after a slip and fall, your legs or ankles can get damaged in the process, which isn’t always noticeable right away. An ankle sprain or torn ligaments in your legs can definitely keep you off your feet and prevent you from performing everyday tasks at work or at home.
Back and Neck Pain
A slip and fall injury can severely damage your back and neck, and often the symptoms don’t present themselves right after the incident. You may suffer from a neck sprain and damaged ligaments or even have a herniated disc, which can cause nerve damage and tingling in the joints. You could also suffer from more serious injuries such as a neck dislocation, cervical dislocation, or neck fracture—all of which could lead to long-term issues and treatment.
A slip and fall injury isn’t just an accident—someone may be liable because they didn’t take the proper precautions at their home or place of business in Georgia. To determine if legal action is in your best interest, CLICK HERE to CONTACT US, or call at 404.969.1284.