You probably wouldn't find it surprising if an injury lawyer in West
Palm Beach recommended that you triple check to make sure you weren’t
seriously hurt in your slip and fall incident. But here's the reality:
slip and fall injury victims often have no idea just how badly they are
hurt. It can take hours – in some cases, days or even weeks –
for the full extent of the injury to manifest.
In the time it takes for victims to “wise up” to the significance
of the slip and fall injury, potential defendants can build a pretty solid
case. Moreover, evidence that could be profoundly useful to your slip
and fall injury case – such as photographs of the site where you
fell, witness statements collected immediately after the incident, and
so forth – can dissipate, degrade, or be lost entirely over that
Here are some examples of “you think you are okay, but you’re
really not” West Palm Beach slip and fall cases:
- Confused by the Endorphin Rush
A 22-year-old woman slips and falls on the slick pavement of an amusement
park and twists her ankle. The pain stimulates a hormonal/metabolic response
that temporarily numbs her to the pain and leads her to believe that she
is “not that hurt after all.” So instead of taking a picture
of where she slipped, taking statements from people around her, and generally
employing post-injury “best practices,” she leaves the park
and goes home to nurse her wounds. A week later, she decides to see her
doctor, who diagnoses a torn ligament and a broken bone in her ankle.
A 64-year-old woman visiting her mother at a nursing home trips on a broken
step and hits her head on the ground. Other than a mild headache, she
feels fine. However, two or three weeks later, her husband notices that
she is having some serious cognitive difficulties and memory problems.
It turns out that the slip and fall caused a minor cerebral hemorrhage.
A 53-year-old man slips and falls on an acquaintance’s steps and
wrenches his lower back. Out of embarrassment, he refuses to say anything
or get help. But the injury creates a serious musculoskeletal problem,
which ultimately leads to long-term health consequences.
The moral here is: Even if you only suspect an injury, connect with the
team here at 1-(561) 600-5605 for more information.