The sudden impact of an unexpected fall can lead to serious injuries for some people. Cervical acceleration-deceleration injury, which is also known as whiplash, is one possible injury that a person might suffer in a slip-and-fall accident. Because the effects of whiplash can be considerable, it is vital that anyone who has suffered whiplash seek medical care as soon as symptoms of whiplash are noted.
The primary symptom of whiplash is a sore neck. This might not become evident right at the time of the accident; however, symptoms usually appear within 24 hours of the accident. The pain in your neck might get worse when you move. That can lead to limited range of motion in your neck. You might also have a headache, experience dizziness, have trouble balancing or feel fatigued.
Whiplash can also cause a variety of other symptoms. Neurons housed in the spinal joints communicate with the brain. When these neurons are disrupted, symptoms like balance issues and vertigo can occur.
Medical care after a slip-and-fall accident is necessary so that you can get a suitable treatment plan that can help you to recover from the injury. The necessary treatments might mean that you have to incur significant costs. Add in the fact that you might not be able to work because of your injury and you can see how your financial status might suffer because of the accident.
If you were injured in a slip-and-fall accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might choose to seek compensation for the costs associated with the accident.
Source: Hennings Chiropractic Neurology, “Personal Injury,” accessed July 19, 2015