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No one likes to slip and fall—it can be embarrassing and potentially life-changing. According to The National Safety Council, slip and fall accidents account for nearly one-third of all non-fatal injuries. Unfortunately, many people downplay their injuries, assuming that those aches will soon go away, and they’ll return to “normal” life.
If you suffered a slip and fall accident, you must take steps to protect your well-being and legal rights. Clients frequently ask our Mississippi injury lawyers, “Should I go to the doctor after a slip and fall?” The answer is almost always, “yes!” In this article, our experienced team explains why.
Even though slip and fall accidents can seem like a normal part of life, they can leave you with lifelong and potentially life-altering injuries. Also, pain and many long-term symptoms will not always show up until days, weeks, or even months later. It’s often challenging to consider the long-term effects on health and overall quality of life at the time of injury.
Many types of injuries can occur as a part of a slip and fall accident. Common injuries include:
While some of these injuries are very obvious, others are subtle or develop over time.
What might seem like minor “aches and pains” or “bumps and bruises” can turn out to be early signs of a TBI, herniated disc, or joint injury. When you go to the doctor, they will likely order diagnostic tests, like x-rays or MRIs. These studies can help identify serious injuries and ensure that you get the right medical care.
After a slip and fall accident, you must see a doctor. First, your doctor can diagnose and treat your injuries, identifying any longer-term issues. Second, it helps you establish a medical record, which will also add credibility to your case.
The earlier you can see a doctor, the better. When you see a doctor soon after your slip and fall, they will document your symptoms, the circumstances surrounding your injury, and other important information. Later on, if the insurance company tries to argue that your condition isn’t related to your fall or suggests that your injuries are minor, you’ll have records supporting your case.
Whether you are in a store, a government or corporate office, manufacturing facility, or even in a private residence, a slip and fall injury can happen unexpectedly. Injuries are often caused by negligence or the lack of proper safety guidelines. Here are some of the most common slip-and-fall causes:
If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, they might owe you damages. An experienced Mississippi injury lawyer can help you file a claim and demand compensation for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Whether you think it was a major or minor accident, it’s important to preserve your evidence and protect your legal claims.
In addition to getting prompt medical treatment, it’s also important to discuss your case with a lawyer early on. In Mississippi, you must file a slip and fall lawsuit within three years of the incident. If you miss this deadline, sometimes called the statute of limitations, you may lose your right to compensation.
If you are ready to talk to an experienced and dedicated injury lawyer who will go above and beyond to ensure your best interests, call Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys. We’ve helped thousands of people get the help and compensation they deserve. Not only will you benefit from our trial-tested, aggressive tactics, but you will also benefit from our compassionate and welcoming client experience.
Miss. Code. Ann. §15-1-49 (1990). Retrieved from https://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-15-limitations-of-actions-and-prevention-of-frauds/ms-code-sect-15-1-49.html
Slip, trip, and fall prevention training. (n.d.) The National Safety Council. Retrieved from https://www.nsc.org/safety-training/workplace/slips-trips-and-falls
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