People frequently suffer injuries caused by others’ negligence. For example, when liquid is left on store floors, people can slip and fall and suffer injuries because of the store’s negligence in cleaning up the liquid. One common injury people suffer in Georgia slip and fall accidents is a back injury.
During a fall, a person’s back is vulnerable to suffering a direct impact or severe twisting of the tendons and muscles. In either event, people are typically embarrassed by falling and attempt to ignore the pain. However, back pain should never be ignored. Back injuries have been known to cause chronic pain, which can cause people continuous pain that may lead to their inability to work or even walk.
Symptoms of back injuries include:
- Pain in back, neck, and head
- Excessive coughing
- Trouble catching your breath
- Urinary or bowel problems
- Tingling and numbness
- Loss of balance
Do Not Leave Your Back Injury Untreated
If you slipped and fell and have any of the above signs and symptoms of back pain, you may have injured your back in the fall. In order to make sure you make a full physical recovery, you need to seek medical care immediately. Without a medical evaluation, you may not know if your back or spine is seriously injured. Because your back is critical to your body, you need to treat it very seriously. You may have injured ligaments, muscles, nerves, discs, vertebrae, or more.
When pinched nerves, shifted discs, or other back injuries are left untreated, they can get worse as the days go by. Unfortunately, victims of slips and falls may suffer long-term damage when back injuries are ignored. However, even when a victim gets to the hospital immediately, he or she may still be left in pain for years because back injuries can be complex, hard to diagnose, difficult to treat, and are, unfortunately, painful.
During this time, victims are not only enduring pain and suffering, but they are incurring medical bills for surgery, doctor’s visits, and physical therapy. Many people who suffer back injuries cannot return to work, which means they are also losing income. When a back injury was caused by another’s negligence or the failure of a property owner to upkeep their property, you may have a valid premises liability claim and be entitled to a financial recovery for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost income, and other damages.