Why is it Important to Seek Medical Attention after a Slip and Fall?

shutterstock_276800948-300x157Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere, from the front walkway at home to a grocery store parking lot. And injuries from fall accidents can range from sprains to broken bones to concussions. While some people may brush off these incidents as minor and not worth seeking medical attention, it can be highly dangerous to do so. In fact, it is vital to seek medical attention after a slip and fall for several reasons.

Injury Documentation

A trip to the emergency room after a slip & fall provides documentation of your injury, which is crucial in building a solid personal injury case. Medical examinations typically include X-rays, lab tests and other diagnostic evaluations that can be used as evidence in court to prove the extent of your injuries. This documentation will also help your doctor determine whether or not certain treatments or surgeries are necessary to address your injuries. Without a professional examination documenting your injuries, it could be challenging to prove that you were injured in the fall and that it wasn’t just something that would have happened anyway.

Link Injuries Sustained to the Fall

The immediate aftermath of a fall can be quite confusing, and you may not notice many aspects of the injury immediately. By seeking medical attention soon after the slip and fall, you establish a direct link between the accident and your injuries. For example, if you were to sustain back injuries due to falling down the stairs, your injury may not be immediately apparent. However, depending on the severity of the fall and your body’s reaction to it, that back injury could lead to chronic pain or even permanent nerve damage in your spine. Going to the emergency room immediately after the incident will help you establish a timeline of events and how your fall resulted in your injuries. This will also help you prove that the accident was not your fault.

Build Credibility

If you have any pre-existing conditions or injuries that could have contributed to the severity of your fall or its aftermath, these could be used against you in court or by the insurance company if you don’t prove that they existed before the incident. Seeking medical attention immediately can boost the credibility of your case and increase your chances of a successful outcome.

Call Us Today to Speak with an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

Slip and fall accidents are painful – physically, emotionally and financially. When you trip on someone else’s property, it is essential that you receive proper medical attention and care—this will help us build a solid case for compensation. To build a solid case for compensation, we will work with your healthcare providers to compile a complete report of your injuries and provide it to the insurance company. We will also handle the tedious paperwork involved in filing a claim that shows how much you need for medical care and loss of income. Working with your doctor, we will prepare the necessary paperwork to support your injury claims.

To learn more, fill out this online form or contact us at 888-484-9616. Our firm provides free consultation for all potential cases, and we operate on a contingency fee basis—this means there is no charge unless we recover damages on your behalf. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

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