New York property owners and occupants are obligated to provide a safe environment to all guests and visitors. Leaving debris lying around or not properly marking a wet floor, etc., can lead to slip–and–fall accidents that result in severe injuries. Not all injuries are apparent at first, however, which is why it is always best to seek immediate medical attention after an accident, especially if it occurred on another person’s property.
Soft tissue damage can be debilitating
After falling down stairs or tumbling on a slippery floor, soft tissue can occur. Such injuries are not always visible, although there might be inflammation or swelling at the site. A person who suffers a soft tissue injury may not be aware of symptoms for days or weeks following the incident. Sprains or ligament and tendon tears can cause chronic pain issues. Symptoms should be reported to a physician right away, even if they arise many days or weeks after a fall.
Emergency room doctors may be able to rule out TBI
Especially if a person hits his or her head on a hard surface when falling, it is important to make sure that he or she has not suffered a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of such injuries often include dizziness or headache, as well as nausea, confusion, insomnia, mood swings or an unstable gait when walking. Slip–and–fall accidents cause a mild concussion or a skull fracture or other severe brain injury that results permanent disability.
Many other injuries are possible as well
Slip–and–fall accidents may result in contusions, lacerations, broken bones and numerous other types of injuries, including those affecting the spinal cord or neck. If a property owner or occupant was negligent there may be grounds for filing a premises liability claim to seek compensation for damages. Successful litigation typically means a New York court will order the defendant to pay restitution, which can then be used to help cover medical expenses and alleviate any other financial distress that may be associated with a slip–and–fall accident.