Many people underestimate the serious damage that can occur when they slip or trip on an uneven surface. But actually, a small slip or trip could cause serious damage to your leg or any other part of your party without any sign of an issue. The reason for this is that the damage could occur in that moment. But the pain and any sign of a serious injury might present itself later. An injury from a slip or fall could leave you with chronic pain for the rest of your life. That’s why we recommend always taking these steps if you slip and fall over.
Make A Note Of What Happened
You need to know exactly what happened when you slipped or fell. The reason for this is quite simple. If you slipped or fell over, then it may have been caused by someone else. Particularly, if you were in a public place. This would mean that the person who owns the premises where you had the accident are legally accountable. It might seem peculiar thinking about legal ramifications but bear with us. If you have experienced a serious injury, there could be long-lasting effects to your health. This might not have been your fault and you do need to make sure you can still get the best quality of life. Part of this could mean making sure that you receive fair compensation. That’s why you need to make a note. Incase you do need to speak to an injury law firm like Pofahl Law Firm, P.C. Then you will have all the facts they need to make your case.
Ice On The Injury
Once you’ve fallen, if you can still walk you should make sure that you put ice on any area of damage. This will keep the swelling down and ensure a faster recovery. If you don’t put ice on the swelling, the injury could become more permanent. It might stop you from working because you’ll no longer be able to properly move your leg.
See A Doctor
Even if the swelling does go down, you still want to book an appointment with a doctor. That way you’ll be able to make sure that there isn’t any underlying injury you need to be aware of. There have been cases in the past where doctors and patients have underestimated the damage caused by an injury. Only to discover at a later date that the problem was much more serious than they first thought. The problem is that if signs of a serious injury present themselves later, you might not associate them with the slip or fall. Suddenly, an injury has become a completely random occurrence with no cause. You’d be surprised how many unknown injuries have been caused by something as simple as a slip a few weeks before. This is why we do recommend that you get a second opinion as well. Just in case the first doctor missed something important.
Once you know the full extent of the injury you will be able to recover. Make sure that you keep your leg elevated and try to stay off it, at least for a few days. This will help you gain a speedy recovery.
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