Personal injury claims can be lodged for a number of reasons. Motor vehicle collisions take up much of the focus, and they are fairly frequent. However, you don’t have to be in a vehicle to sustain a serious injury.
Slip-and-fall accidents are also one of the more common causes of accidental death and injury in the U.S. While these incidents impact the elderly community especially, they can essentially happen to anyone in any location.
What sort of injuries are associated with slip-and-fall accidents? How long will your recovery period be?
The extent of the injury
Some people can brush themselves off after a fall as if it never happened. This isn’t always the case, though. A fall in a grocery store, sidewalk, entrance or stairway can all result in devastating injuries. Injuries to the head are perhaps the most serious. Even if there are no external signs of damage, such as bruising, cuts or swelling, that doesn’t mean something isn’t amiss. You may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, where the symptoms come on a matter of days after the incident. If you’ve suffered a concussion, you’ll most likely have to take a week or two off work. In more severe cases, where the brain has sustained considerable damage, your recovery could take several months or years or even cause permanent harm.
Spinal cord injuries are also up there in terms of severity. Even if you suffer minor damage in this area, it’s a long road to recovery. A complete spinal cord injury could even place your life in danger.
Following your doctor’s advice is not only crucial for your recovery, but it is essential to any potential claim you file.