When you fell in a store parking lot, you may have thought your ego was the only thing bruised. Now, a few days later, you are feeling stiff and sore. Could suffering a fall days ago cause you to ache today? 

Maybe. It is important that you consult a doctor about possible injuries as quickly as possible, before a minor ailment turns into a full-blown disorder. If the property owner’s neglect contributed to your issues, you may have questions about seeking financial remuneration. 

What caused your fall? 

Parking lots can be full of hazards. Debris, puddles and spills can create slippery surfaces. Tripping dangers are even more common. The parking lot may have potholes, misaligned wheel stops or uneven ground due to tree roots or cracks. Poor lighting sometimes makes dangers difficult to see. 

Steps are in a category by themselves. They are often unsafe when owners have not clearly marked them, when they have chipped edges or when handrails have become loose. 

What injuries may occur? 

Falls can result in serious injury. Broken bones are usually obvious, but certain fractures may be difficult to detect. If the part of your body that struck the ground is now bruised, swollen and tender, you may have a fracture. An x-ray should be able to detect the break. Full recovery could take weeks or months. 

If you struck your head during the fall, watch for signs of traumatic brain injury. Symptoms may include headache, dizziness, nausea and blurred vision. As time passes, other issues may surface such as anxiety, mood swings, difficulty concentrating or seizures. Visit a doctor whenever you hit your head, because even a mild TBI requires medical attention. 

What should you do? 

Let the owner or manager of the property know about the incident. Take pictures of the scene and surroundings. Set aside items from the incident and keep them as they were when you fell; shoes may be especially important in helping determine the facts. See your physician and get proper medical care. Be sure to follow your doctor’s orders regarding treatment. Do not let worries about payment prevent you from getting the medical care you need.