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Slipped? Fell down? Know what to do next

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Slip-and-fall accidents have to be taken seriously, even if you think that you've survived the incident with no significant injuries. Imagine falling down on a set of stairs. Initially, you might think you're only scraped up and fine otherwise. However, after some time, pain and stiffness might show differently.

It's important not to wait to seek medical care if you fall, especially if you hit your head. In these cases, there is always a chance that there is a more nefarious injury lurking under a seemingly minor wound. It's worth being checked out by a doctor to make sure you're not badly hurt.

What happens when you slip and fall?

When you slip and fall, the impact of your body hitting the ground can cause a number of injuries. You might break bones, burst veins or suffer contusions. You may hit your head and suffer a brain injury. It's difficult to say exactly what kinds of injuries you'll deal with, but it's safe to say that it's vital for you to get medical care.

Whether you're suffering from a shopping injury or have fallen on your way out of a museum or bank, it's always important for you to report the injury to the owner of the facility or a staff member if they're available. Ask for contact information and give them details on what happened before you seek medical care. If witnesses saw you fall, make sure you obtain their names and phone numbers, so you can get in touch later.

Our site has more on the steps to take if you're involved in a slip-and-fall incident.

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