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Slipped on Ground Pepper in a Grocery Store…

Submitted By: Joyce (Bangor, PA)

I slipped on ground pepper that had been spilled in a grocery store. I hit my head and was unconscious until the paramedics got there. They took me to the hospital and I had an MRI and X-rays taken. There were no breaks or bleeds thank god, but for a time afterwards I felt dizzy, had vomiting and massive headaches.

I still suffer those symptoms now. I’ve also noticed memory problems and I had blurred vision for months. I of course was not allowed to drive until just recently (3 weeks after I hit my head).

Then another incident happened. I got up from my seat to get a drink and got severely dizzy and fell again, this time breaking my thumb. It was bad cast which went to my elbow because I had damage to my wrist. Everyone had to do everything for me or help me with all my daily tasks. I would actually forget to write things down and would then forget to do stuff due to my memory issues.

I have 5 children now in college and my last son is the only child remaining at home. I missed all his events which I can never get back. I just feel awful about it. What can I do about all this? I could have permanent damage to my memory and/or wrist. Thanks for any info you can give.

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Answer

Dear Joyce,

You took a terrible fall. Fortunately the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination was negative for breaks or torn ligaments or tendons. From the description of your injuries, it is reasonable to conclude you suffered a concussion. Although your symptoms seem to be consistent with a concussion you didn’t mention if that was your medical diagnosis.

Personal injury claims are based upon “damages”. Damages normally start with medical bills, out of pocket expenses like prescription and over the counter medications, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Hopefully at the time you fell a store “Incident Report” was created by the manager or owner. If it was you can use that in your claim against the store.

The most critical proof you’ll need is your treating physician’s written Diagnosis and Prognosis. Any substantial claim will fail without written medical support. Your physician must be able to conclude your dizziness and memory loss is a direct result of the fall.

If that can be proved you will be able to pursue your claim.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: August 5, 2012

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