You may have been on a trip to get groceries or some other essential item. Yet, as you walked in the store’s entrance, you didn’t see a large slick spot of water and you slipped and fell – hard.

If you’ve suffered a broken bone, you’re more likely to know right away, when you feel intense pain in your wrist, arm or leg. Or if you can’t move, you may have a serious spinal cord injury, requiring immediate treatment and long-term care costs. If you’re lucky, you could have only a few cuts and abrasions, maybe requiring a few stitches.

Yet you could have suffered other injuries that might not be immediately apparent. These include other common injuries after a slip and fall:

  • A minor concussion or traumatic brain injury. You could have hit your head hard enough to cause swelling and bleeding. If you have a persistent headache after a slip and fall or have nausea, blurry vision or extreme fatigue, you need to seek treatment for a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
  • A soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injuries may take days to surface after a slip and fall. You could wake up one morning and barely be able to get out of bed because your back hurts so much or you suddenly have intense elbow or shoulder pain from a strained ligament. Again, seeking medical right away can help you recover faster and have a record of your injury for an injury claim.

If you end up needing ongoing care to treat an injury after a slip and fall, you should consult a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney can help you pursue a claim against the store where you injured yourself. You not only want to ensure your injury costs are covered, but that the store is more proactive about preventing injuries to others.