Seeking Medical Attention After A Slip or Fall

Seeking Medical Attention After A Slip or Fall

Why It’s Crucial

Slip, trip, and falls outside of the home can happen for a number of reasons, and the resulting injuries can be quite serious. In fact, injuries from these incidents are consistently rated as one of the leading causes of death for all age groups by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and falls alone result in over 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year.

The range of potential injuries from falls includes head, shoulder, knee, neck, and spinal cord injuries as well as hip, knee, and other fractures. In addition, there could be internal injuries not immediately apparent. Considering these risks, it is important to seek medical attention to evaluate any apparent or potential injuries in the aftermath of a fall.

Every fall is different. If your injuries appear more serious, do not hesitate to call emergency services for evaluation and transport to avoid aggravating or worsening your condition. Whether you have been initially evaluated by a medical professional or have opted not to obtain care, you will want to monitor yourself for any symptoms that might arise in the hours following a fall. These include headache, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in your ears, or confusion any of which may indicate a serious head or brain injury. If any of these occur, seek immediate medical attention.

One notable example of the catastrophic result of not seeking medical attention after a fall was the tragic story of actress Natasha Richardson. After falling in a skiing lesson while on vacation, she declined medical attention, signing a waiver and declining a transport to the hospital after paramedics were called. Within just a couple of hours, she began experiencing a headache and confusion. An ambulance was called again, and she was rushed to the hospital where she was declared brain dead and passed away. While an extreme occurrence, we can only speculate on what the outcome might have been if she had consented to be evaluated right away or had received medical attention sooner.

In the event you have suffered injuries from a fall, promptly seeking care will also give you the benefit of a professional medical assessment of your condition. This will be important should there be any negligence involved that caused or contributed to your fall and you wish to explore your legal options. We would be happy to discuss your case and help you explore any legal options.

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About The Author

A seasoned trial attorney, Attorney Wickenheiser has advocated for victims and their families injured because of medical malpractice, nursing home death, pharmaceutical liability, and product liability. She focuses her practice on representing those who have suffered catastrophic injury and has successfully negotiated numerous settlements, many over a million dollars. She has received many prestigious awards and recognitions. Attorney Wickenheiser is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.