Recovering From A Slip and Fall Accident
While cooler temperatures are a relief after the long, hot summer, fall also brings an increase in wet, rainy conditions to the Carolinas. This type of weather can present challenges in getting from one place to another without getting soaked and can also bring an increased risk for potentially dangerous slip and fall accidents. Falling in a public place may seem embarrassing and bruising to the ego, but the fact is that serious injuries can result, which could significantly impact your overall health and well-being. While you may be eager to get back on your feet after this type of accident, lingering symptoms and pain could delay your recovery, or even result in permanent impairments. If you are suffering from a slip and fall injury, here are some guidelines that could help you in your recovery as well as how to seek compensation you may deserve.
Facts About Slip and Fall Accidents
While slip and fall accidents may seem like a minor annoyance or cause for discomfort and embarrassment, they are actually one of the leading causes of injury in the United States. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), fall-related accidents are the second leading cause of death in homes and communities. Your risk for falling increases with age, as does your chances of suffering a serious, debilitating, and potentially life threatening injury as the result. The NSC reports that places where slip and fall accidents are most likely to occur include:
- Doorways, entrances, and exits
- Areas with heavy foot traffic
- Places prone to wetness or spills
- Walkways with uneven surfaces
- Cluttered aisles and ramps
- Stairwells and unguarded heights
Injuries that can occur as the result of a fall include broken bones, muscle and tendon strains as well as tears, injuries to the back or spinal cord, and head injuries.
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Recovery Time From Slip and Fall Injuries
While you may be tempted to downplay your fall or its consequences, recovery from this type of accident could end up taking weeks, months, and even years. According to Medlineplus, tailbone injuries are a common type of slip and fall injury that is slow to heal, with symptoms that can be extremely painful. The tailbone is made up of numerous smaller bones, and fractures or bruising to any one of them could result in significant impairments. Symptoms of tailbone injuries include:
- Pain in the lower back and legs
- Numbness and tingling
- Bruising and swelling around the base of the spine
- Difficulty sitting for long periods of time
A bruised tailbone can take up to four weeks’ recovery time, while broken bones may require as much as 12 weeks or more. In addition to this type of lower back injury, it is not uncommon for victims of slip and fall accidents to suffer head injuries as well. Even slight bumps or jolts to the head caused by striking a hard surface can leave you suffering lingering impairments, with the potential for permanent disabilities.
Get Help From a South Carolina Slip and Fall Attorney
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina slip and fall attorneys can advise you on the best course of action to get compensation for the damages you have suffered, including reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages. Recovery from your injuries could be a long and painful process. Get the legal representation you need to help guide you through this difficult time.