Skip to main content

,

6 Symptoms to Look For After a Fall

A depiction of a woman suffering a back injury from a fall at the bottom of a staircase.

Falls, even seemingly minor ones, can cause a surprising, and sometimes devastating range of injuries. While some injuries are obvious (i.e., minor back injuries), others might appear a bit more subtle or delayed. 

Recognizing these concerning signs after a slip and fall accident is absolutely crucial for preventing worse outcomes and getting the medical care you need. If you’ve fallen and suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to maximum damages. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late to seek the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation with a proven slip and fall lawyer in Virginia

If you have suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, we are here to help. Sharif Gray has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. Call us at (804) 915-1611 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will get justice for you. 

#1: Severe or Worsening Pain

Severe back pain after a fall is a clear red flag. With that in mind, if your pain symptoms make it more difficult to move, limit your daily activity, or worsens over time, seek medical attention

Don’t rely solely on pain medications. In many cases, you may have an underlying injury that needs proper treatment, bed rest, and time. 

#2: Changes in Movement or Balance

Suppose you’re experiencing new difficulties walking, standing, remaining in a normal position, or unexplained leg weakness. These and other symptoms could indicate a serious back injury or even spinal cord damage. 

Any change in coordination or balance raises your risk of another fall. A doctor can assess the root cause of your injuries and recommend a treatment plan or physical therapy.

#3: Numbness, Tingling, or Weakness

These sensations, especially in your extremities, can signal nerve damage from a herniated disc, fractured vertebrae, neck injury, or other spinal injury. Sudden weakness or paralysis warrants seeking a doctor immediately for urgent assessment.

#4: Headaches, Dizziness, or Nausea

Persistent headaches (including mild pain), dizziness, or nausea after a fall, especially if they worsen with movement, could signify a head injury or other serious problem. Even if you didn’t directly hit your head, the impact can affect the brain. 

If the head injury was caused by the negligence of another party, it’s recommended that you contact a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Virginia as soon as possible to discuss your case. 

#5: Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating, or Memory Issues

Unexplained mental changes after a fall need evaluation. It could be a concussion, or in severe cases, internal bleeding within the skull. Prompt medical attention is crucial for diagnosing the cause.

#6: New Tenderness or Bruising

New back pain with tenderness in the affected area could be a compression fracture. While not always serious, excessive bruising around the spine sometimes accompanies injuries like sprains, strains, or even fractures.

Common Injuries From Falls

Sometimes a fall doesn’t result in any damage at all. However, sometimes they do – And they can range from minor, to severe, to life altering. Some of the most common injuries suffered after a fall include:

  • Lower back injuries
  • Upper back injuries 
  • Mechanical back injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Muscle sprains and strains 
  • Herniated disks
  • Neck injuries 
  • Vertebral fractures 
  • Fractured bones 
  • Head injuries 
  • Cuts and bruises 

When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention

If you’ve suffered a fall, it’s essential to get an immediate physical exam from a qualified doctor as soon as possible. Not only can they spot and treat apparent injuries, but they can also find potential injuries that you’re not currently aware of. 

Generally, it’s in your best interest to seek medical treatment if you experience any other following symptoms, but not limited to:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe pain that doesn’t improve with bed rest or medication
  • Difficulty controlling bladder or bowels
  • Paralysis or significant weakness
  • Confusion or severe mental changes

If you’re considering pursuing legal action against an at fault party, seeking medical help is absolutely essential to the viability of your case. The medical reports can serve as crucial evidence when finding fault – Which is why it’s recommended to consult with a physician even if you don’t feel immediate symptoms. 

Falls and Older Adults

For older adults, slip and falls are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. That’s because risks for fractures and serious head injuries increase with age. Even if initially feeling fine, consult your doctor to rule out any potential  injuries.

Don’t Ignore Fall Injuries – Contact Us Today

Fall injuries left untreated can lead to chronic pain and further injury. If you have any of the above signs, don’t dismiss them – seek a doctor‘s evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment often leads to better outcomes, including much needed pain relief. 

Whether you’ve been injured after a fall on someone’s property, at a store, or anywhere else due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. Contact us today for your free consultation with one of the best personal injury lawyers in Virginia

“We Get Justice For Injured People, and We Love What We Do”

We are not settlement lawyers. Sharif Gray has proven that he can and will get results in court, and the insurance companies know that. If you have suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence, we can help.

Sharif is committed to trying cases well. Because of that, he does not handle hundreds of cases at a time. He is selective in the cases he takes so he can get justice for the people he represents. In every case, he has three goals:

  1. Hold the responsible corporation or individual fully accountable.
  2. Make the community safer, so others are not also harmed.
  3. Compensation that recognizes the full and fair value of what was taken from your health and quality of life.

We love what we do, and we are proud of the positive impact we have had and will continue to have on the people we represent and the community we live in.

If we can be of help to you, please do not hesitate to call us at (804) 915-1611 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will get justice for you.

Excellent

Based On 98 Reviews

  • $10,000,000

    Defendant, while racing on a residential road, crashed into an oncoming driver causing catastrophic injuries.

  • $9,000,000

    Defendant failed to properly secure a display at its store which led to it falling on a child causing life altering injuries.

  • $1,500,000

    Defendant failed to keep the entrance of its store safe for the public causing significant injuries. 

    Let’s Get Started

    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Top Law Firms in Virginia By Practice Area

    April 10, 2024
    Choosing the right law firm can be the difference between disappointment and a successful outcome  in your case. WIth that in mind, Virginia is home to many excellent firms, each with its unique strengths, weaknesses, and specialties.  In this guide we’ll outline some of the best law firms in VA across various practice areas to […]

    Can I Still Sue After a Car Accident With No Police Report?

    April 3, 2024
    The short answer is yes. While having a police report is incredibly helpful for your car accident claim, you can still pursue compensation for a minor car accident even if you didn’t call the police at the time. However, there are many reasons why obtaining a police report can help your car accident attorney build […]

    2024 Virginia Car Seat Laws

    March 27, 2024
    Unfortunately, car accidents are the second leading cause of injury and death for children in the U.S. The good news is, there are ways you can significantly reduce your child’s risk of injury. The first step is using a car seat that’s correctly installed.  Virginia has specific car seat laws that all parents and caregivers […]