With winter weather comes accumulation of ice and snow on sidewalks, in parking lots and around buildings. There are a host of hazards associated with winter weather, from increased risk of motor vehicle collisions to the potential for ice or snow to fall on you from a building and injure you. One of the more common accidents related to winter weather is the slip-and-fall.
Despite what you may have seen in comedies, slip-and-fall accidents can prove to be far from funny. People can sustain very serious, even fatal injuries, as a result of losing their footing when walking. That's why it is so important for business and property owners to invest in property snow and ice clearing services and to provide dry and safe entrance ways for tenants and customers. If you slip and fall in a parking lot, on a sidewalk or in a business, you should report it right away.
Creating a record of the accident is important
Sometimes, you could feel fine but actually have incurred a severe injury. In the aftermath of the fall, with your body surging with adrenaline, you may feel fine when you are really anything but. That's why you should always take the time to report your incident to the owner of the building or the manager on duty at a business. These individuals will need to create a report that outlines what happened to you when you fell.
If it turns out that you sustained injuries, a record of the incident at the place it happened could protect your ability to seek compensation, either in the form of an insurance claim or a personal injury or premises liability lawsuit.
Seeking medical evaluation is ideal after a slip-and-fall
Although you may want to brush yourself off and move on with your day, it's much wiser to have a doctor examine you. This is particularly true if you struck your head or blacked out as a result of your slip-and-fall, even if you only lost consciousness for a second.
Traumatic brain injuries are common in slip-and-fall accidents, and they can be difficult to diagnose, especially without a professional medical opinion. Many times, swelling, bruising or bleeding will increase over time, resulting in worsening or new symptoms. People may not realize for days or even weeks that they suffered a brain injury. Reporting your head trauma or loss of consciousness to a doctor helps ensure you receive adequate care. Checking you for a concussion or other signs of a traumatic brain injury could help with a quick diagnosis and prevent worsening symptoms.
For those with obvious injuries, like broken bones or soft tissue damage presenting immediate pain, medical care is also necessary. Fractures are one of the most common injuries from falls and also some of the most painful.