Slip and Fall Injuries
We've heard countless jokes about "slip and fall" attorneys and the plaintiffs that claim injuries after falling on the premises of a store. Unfortunately, we've seen many individuals face lifelong challenges after falling due to the negligence of someone else. These injuries are no less debilitating than the injuries one might suffer in a car crash, and the medical bills the injured can face are often substantial.
Typical Slip and Fall Injury
An unexpected fall in which you land awkwardly with your full body weight falling suddenly can result in a host of serious injuries, including injury to the foot and ankle, and often times serious injury to the back and spine. The nature of injury varies greatly in slip and fall cases, and no two cases are alike. However, from a medical perspective, the same approach by the injured person should be followed as for auto accidents: you should seek appropriate medical treatment as soon as possible following your fall. This often means consulting with your primary care physician, going to an Urgent Care facility, or going to the Emergency Room. Then, after your initial examination, you should follow the advice of the treating doctor. Usually this will include diagnostic studies, such as MRIs or X-Rays to determine the severity of the damage to your bones and muscles. Often times your physician will wait until the diagnostic studies are reviewed before prescribing additional treatment. Upon review of the x-rays or MRIs, the doctor will likely prescribe the method of treatment he or she thinks will lead you to a full recovery. This can include everything from a referral to a chiropractor or physical therapist, to surgery.