Though many residents of New Haven County and other parts of Connecticut may worry about slipping and falling during the winter months, this type of accident could happen during any time of the year. Certainly, icy, wet or snowy conditions could easily result in a person becoming the victim of a slip-and-fall accident, but wet floors inside stores, upturned welcome mats, power cords stretched across walkways and more could contribute to this type of incident as well. Unfortunately, falling could easily result in serious injuries.
While it is not uncommon to consider a slip or trip and fall as a minor incident, the injuries could have lasting effects. For example, a person could land awkwardly on various body parts after the fall, which could lead to broken bones, injuries to shoulders or neck, or sprains. In some cases, victims could even suffer traumatic brain injuries if they hit their head as they fell or suffer back injuries that range from herniated discs to broken vertebrae.
Even if the incident did not seem serious, it is still important to get medical attention soon after. Medical professionals may be able to recognize the signs of a serious injury more easily and earlier than the victim. However, it is also wise to remember that symptoms of serious injuries do not always show up right away, and fall victims should monitor their health and get medical attention at the first sign of possible injuries.
If Connecticut residents find themselves the victims of a slip-and-fall accident this winter or any other time of the year, they may want to ensure that they take care of their injuries as well as possible. In some cases, that may mean going to the doctor multiple times to check on injuries or even needing extended care due to the severity of the injury, particularly for TBI or spinal injuries. This type of scenario could easily result in financial hardships, but victims may have cause to file a premises liability claim against property owners, store operators or other parties deemed responsible.