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When should I worry about back pain after a fall? 

On Behalf of | Jun 10, 2024 | Premises Liability, Slip, Trip And Falls

Falls are common, but they can sometimes lead to back pain. On a normal day, you may slip on the supermarket’s vegetable aisle or stumble on store steps while getting pizza. While a minor ache might naturally resolve on its own, back pain after a fall can cause concern.  

What to look out for after a fall 

Back pain following a fall can range from a minor inconvenience to a sign of a serious injury. Knowing when to seek medical attention is vital to ensure your health and safety. Here are key indicators that your back pain may require professional evaluation: 

  • Severity and persistence: Severe pain that worsens over time or doesn’t improve within a few days necessitates a doctor’s visit 
  • Neurological symptoms: Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or groin can indicate nerve damage and require immediate medical attention 
  • Visible deformity: A noticeable change in your spine’s curvature or posture may signify the need for urgent care 
  • Limited mobility: Problems with moving, walking, or performing everyday activities suggest that the injury might be significant 

If you experience any of these symptoms, consult a doctor right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for optimal recovery. They can perform a thorough examination, potentially including x-rays or scans, to determine the cause of your pain and recommend the best course of action. 

Can I sue the establishment?

Premises liability laws in New York dictate that property owners are responsible for maintaining a safe environment. If you slipped and fell due to a hazardous condition on the property that the owner knew about or should have known about and failed to address, you might have grounds for a case. However, it’s important to remember that this can be a complex legal area. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer with experience in slip-and-fall cases may be essential in understanding your options and determining if you have a valid case. 

 

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