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Why a slip-and-fall at the store is no laughing matter

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2022 | Personal Injury |

People falling can seem humorous unless someone gets hurt. Some people will say that they know they are old when the reaction people have when they fall is to gasp or offer help rather than to laugh. Regardless of your age, falling while out in public is no laughing matter.

You could suffer a brain injury, a broken bone or a soft tissue injury that requires medical care and prevents you from working. Older adults are at higher risk of falling and of suffering serious injuries, but they are only a portion of the roughly one million people who need medical care after a slip-and-fall every year.

Although it is common for people to feel embarrassed after they fall in a public location, you need to set your embarrassment aside and report the fall before you leave the store or other business where it occurred if it was caused by a hazardous condition on the premises like an unattended spill.

A report helps you if you notice signs of injury

Right after you fall, your embarrassment might prevent you from noticing the early warning signs of an injury. It could also be some time before injury symptoms develop, as is often the case with brain injuries.

You simply don’t know when you leave the business whether or not a medical issue will arise later. You can protect yourself and your right to file an insurance claim by reporting the fact that you fell to the business. They will then have an internal record of your fall and will be able to preserve evidence, like security camera footage, in case there is an issue later.

If you do start to notice persistent pain somewhere in your body or signs of a brain injury, then the sooner you see a doctor, the easier it will be for you to prove that the injury you suffered has a relationship to the fall you suffered. Knowing what to do when you slip and fall in public can protect you and your right to file a premises liability claim.

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