Symptoms to Look for After a Fall
Know what symptoms to look for after a fall that might indicate you suffered a serious injury, including increasing pain, sharp pain, bruising, and headaches. Seek medical attention if you have any of these signs of injury. If you suffered injuries in a fall, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you pursue compensation for the damages caused by someone else’s conduct.
Whether you’re visiting a private home or a business, you expect a certain level of safety: hazards cleared away, spills cleaned up, and a safe pathway to walk through the building, parking lot, or sidewalk. Unfortunately, fall hazards can surface anywhere, often due to the negligence of a property owner or business. A fall can send you straight to the emergency room with obvious injuries. However, some injuries do not appear immediately. Knowing the symptoms to look for after a fall and how they can affect you is important.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we help slip-and-fall accident victims in Bucks County, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and throughout Pennsylvania recover compensation for their injuries, including slip-and-fall accident injuries.
Symptom #1: Dizziness, Vision Problems, or Feeling Off Balance
Symptoms of a head injury sometimes take hours to show up after an accident. You may not even remember hitting your head or think you did not hit your head very hard. If you feel dizzy, have trouble maintaining balance, or have vision problems, it could indicate that you suffered a brain injury. Other symptoms of a brain injury include the following:
- Memory problems
- Trouble focusing
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Hypersensitivity to light or sound
Symptoms of even a minor head injury can linger for months after an accident. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our brain injury lawyers help clients fight for the compensation they deserve.
Symptom #2: Nausea, Vomiting, or Stomach Pain
Nausea and vomiting can be signs of a head injury, such as a concussion or contusion. But gastrointestinal symptoms can also be a sign of internal bleeding. You may feel pain in your abdominal area due to internal bleeding even if you did not fall onto your stomach. Internal bleeding can also make you feel dizzy or weak. Stomach pain may feel minor or grow more severe over time after your accident.
Stomach pain could also indicate organ trauma. Pain in the right side after a fall, for example, can signify a bruised liver.
Our slip-and-fall accident lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you pursue a traumatic brain injury or internal bleeding claim. Take our quiz to determine whether you may have symptoms of a concussion.
Symptom #3: Exhaustion
Falls are highly traumatic. Many people feel embarrassed and out of sorts or need time to recover from the whirlwind that takes place after an accident. Needing a nap is perfectly normal. However, if you experience extreme exhaustion, your family or friends cannot wake you, or exhaustion lingers after the accident, it could indicate internal bleeding, brain injury, or another serious injury.
Symptom #4: Worsening Pain
Pain can set in slowly after a traumatic incident. Adrenaline and endorphins often camouflage the trauma from the injury, leaving you feeling fine and in control despite the damage to your body. Hours after the accident, pain sets in. You toss and turn at night, struggling to fall asleep. The next morning, the pain still feels severe.
Worsening pain indicates injuries that need medical attention, including:
- Broken bones
- Strains and sprains
- Back injuries
If you have a fall without bruising but feel pain, this could indicate a serious injury, including a deeper injury like a broken bone. Worsening headaches, or those that appear the day after an accident, are also signs of traumatic brain injury.
Symptom #5: Severe Bruising or Lacerations
Falls leave bruises, scrapes, and bumps behind. More severe injuries, however, require medical attention. If you have significant bleeding or notice bruising that spreads further than expected after your accident, see a doctor to rule out more serious injuries.
Symptom #6: New or Changing Back Pain
Up to 23 percent of adults worldwide suffer from back pain. If your accident results in new back pain or a change in the pain you already experience, it could indicate a serious back injury, such as a herniated disc, muscle strain, or sprain. Look out for the following:
- An increase in back pain
- A change in the usual location of your back pain
- Back pain that occurs immediately after the accident
- Pain and tingling that radiates down your legs
Symptom #7: Movement Limitations
Even minor injuries cause pain and stiffness. Needing a couple of days of rest is perfectly normal. However, if you notice that you do not have a full range of movement, it could signify a serious injury. Movement limitations can result from the following:
- Broken bones
- Sprains and strains
- Dislocated joints
Pay attention to movement in your hands, arms, and fingers. People throw out their hands to break their fall, only to realize that they have damaged the hand’s delicate bones, ligaments, and tendons. A doctor can diagnose and treat injuries that limit mobility and create a treatment plan to help you recover.
Symptom #8: Confusion
Disorientation or confusion after an accident may result from serious injuries. Head injuries, internal bleeding, and other significant trauma can all cause confusion or disorientation. If you cannot remember what happened during the accident, have difficulty remembering what to do next, or feel disoriented and uncertain, talk to a doctor about your symptoms.
Why Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer After Your Slip and Fall?
Slip-and-fall accidents can result in severe physical, emotional, and economic consequences for many victims. Whether it’s a brain injury claim, broken bone claim, back injury claim, or another personal injury, Cordisco & Saile LLC can help victims in Bucks County, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and across Pennsylvania.
Proven History of Results
We have over 30 years of experience handling slip-and-fall claims and have successfully recovered compensation for many clients. For example, we won a $700,000 settlement for a woman who slipped and fell because of a pothole in a shopping center parking lot.
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Our clients praise the compassionate, professional service they receive from our team. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our team takes pride in treating every client with the consideration and respect they deserve.
Fight for the Compensation You Deserve
Insurance companies complicate slip-and-fall accident claims and often try to offer victims less than their claim is worth. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we help you understand how much compensation you can seek. Then, we negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If necessary, we can take your claim to court to help you fight for maximum compensation. We never stop fighting until you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC Today
Symptoms of worsening pain, dizziness, vomiting, or confusion serve as red flags that you suffered more serious injuries than you thought. Knowing what symptoms to look for after a fall will help you know when to seek medical attention. It can also help you determine that you need to file a claim.
If you suffered injuries in a fall, an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the claim process and fight for your rights. Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC today for a free consultation to discuss your injuries and your legal options.