Victims of slip and fall accidents can suffer from a variety of injuries, but one of the most common is a back injury. When you fall suddenly from a standing position, the pressure that crashes down on your back can be extreme and incredibly dangerous.
Even with swift treatment, it's not uncommon for a slip and fall back injury to bother a person in some way for the rest of his life. The pain can prevent a person from doing basic everyday things that he once was able to do, including driving, sitting through a movie, or even picking up his child. People with very serious back injuries may become paralyzed and never walk again.
There is not just one type of back injury; slip and fall back injuries come in many forms, including:
- Herniated discs
- Back sprain
- Nerve damage
- Back strain
- Pinched nerves
- Vertebral fracture (broken back)
Sometimes, back injuries are not readily apparent. It is important to keep an eye out for these possible symptoms if you recently fell in a slip and fall accident:
- Difficulty walking or balancing
- Trouble breathing normally or excessive coughing
- Inability to control your bladder or bowel
- Loss of sensation anywhere in your body
- Any loss of movement in your body
- Pressure or stinging in your head, back, or neck
If you fell on someone else's property, it is important that you first and foremost seek medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained. Even if you're not sure whether you were injured, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health. Obtaining a prompt medical evaluation can help your premises liability case, if you choose to pursue one in the future.
Once you have met with a doctor, contact one of the California slip and fall attorneys at the Woodland Hills firm the Law Offices of John P Rosenberg for a free consultation by calling 818-716-6400. You are also welcome to request a free copy of our book, The 5 Worst Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Injury Claim.