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Slip and Fall Rib Injuries

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Slip and falls can occur due to a wide variety of property hazards. Unfortunately, such incidences can lead to serious injury. For instance, it is common for slip and fall victims to sustain painful and debilitating rib injuries. The force of impact when a person falls and hits the floor or another object can damage the ribs requiring immediate medical care and thorough follow-up rehabilitation to help ensure the injury properly heals.

Slip and Fall Rib Injuries

The fact is that sustaining a rib injury in a slip and fall is a very real possibility. Not only is a rib injury serious in and of itself, but such an injury can lead to other potential medical complications. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, be sure to pay attention to your symptoms as you may have sustained a rib fracture in the fall.

If you have broken a rib in a slip and fall, the main sign you should be on the lookout for is chest pain. This chest pain is likely to be particularly pronounced when you are breathing deeply or laughing. If you notice any bruising in your chest area, this can also be a sign that you have broken a rib. Dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and shortness of breath are also signs of a rib injury.

While fractured ribs can be very uncomfortable and painful, initially diagnosing this injury is critical to help prevent even more dangerous medical complications that can arise when such an injury is not properly treated and monitored. The fact that a rib fracture can lead to even more serious health complications is just one of the many reasons why you should seek immediate medical attention after a slip and fall. This is true regardless of whether you just feel sore or bruised after the incident. Sometimes, the full force of your symptoms may not present until several days after the slip and fall, but getting evaluated and treated sooner rather than later is your best bet to a successful, uncomplicated recovery.

Most rib fractures will heal without further incident. Some, however, lead to severe complications such as:

  • Internal bleeding (hemothorax, which is pooling of blood between the chest and lungs)
  • Hypoxia
  • Lung damage
  • Liver damage
  • Spleen damage
  • Pneumonia 

These complications not only risk your safety and well-being, but they can also mean significant increases in the cost of your medical treatment as well as require extended leaves from earning wages.

If you have injured your ribs in a slip and fall accident caused by a property owner’s failure to keep their property reasonably free from hazards, you may be able to recover compensation for the harm their negligence has caused you. Through bringing a personal injury claim, you can seek compensation for:

  • Hospitalization costs
  • Medication costs
  • Other healthcare costs
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Cost of physical or occupational therapy

Personal Injury Attorney

Injured in a slip and fall? Get in touch with Attorney Michael LoGiudice right away. Contact us today.

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