Suffering a fall can cause serious and even life-threatening injury, which is why people who fall on an Ohio property and do not feel serious pain may believe they got off lucky. However, especially for older people, being checked out or alerting a doctor to a fall may be important to preserving health. Sometimes a fall is evidence of an existing health condition, or symptoms of an injury may manifest later on.
It is possible to sustain a fall but not feel pain or other symptoms at first, but after several hours or a few days, you may start to feel unexpected pain or health issues. For instance, according to the Mayo Clinic, a person who sustains a concussion may have symptoms that are hard to recognize at first. Later on, however, a concussion victim may suffer headaches, confusion and possibly amnesia. Some people even have internal bleeding which can be fatal if not treated. Getting checked out may reveal possible health issues before they become serious.
The U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIH) warns people that have fallen to alert their doctor of their fall at their next checkup regardless if they have been hurt or not. The reason is because a fall may indicate a medical condition that you do not know you have. Your doctor will likely investigate the cause of your fall and depending on what your doctor discovers, will make certain recommendations.
Some people fall because of eyesight issues. Your doctor may suggest corrective measures to improve your sight. Medication you take may be causing issues with your balance, and your doctor will suggest a readjustment of your medicine. Some physical therapy may be required to handle weakness in your legs or feet. An older person who suffers a fall may need the help of a walking cane.
Even with the steps a person can take to reduce the chance of a fall, a place of business is not excused from doing what it can to minimize falls. Such preventative steps include cleaning up spills on floors or fixing broken or uneven portions of floors. If a hall or stairwell is too dimly lit, a person may suffer a fall as well. Appropriate risk prevention should also take into account the presence of disabled persons and older people if they are likely to traverse the property.