When a hard surface breaks someone’s fall, a tailbone injury is often the result. Because tailbone injuries can be painful and even serious, it is important that victims of slip and falls seek medical treatment immediately after a slip and fall accident in Florida.
Because there are a variety of tailbone injuries from bruises to breaks, treatment options will differ. This is why it is essential to visit the emergency room following a fall and let the doctor know what happened, where you made impact with the ground, and what type of pain you are experiencing. A doctor should conduct a thorough physical examination that may include:
- Rectal exam
- Neurologic exam
Depending on the diagnosis, treatments for tailbone injuries can range from pain medication to a local anesthetic or even surgery. For example:
- When treating a bruised tailbone, you may just need to rest your body, ice the injury, sit on a gel donut or cushion, and take pain medication such as Advil or ibuprofen. However, it is essential that you know the extent of your injury before you take medications or try and self treat at home.
- When treating a broken tailbone, you may need a local anesthetic to help you with continued pain or you may need surgery to remove part of the bone.
In either case, your doctor may recommend drinking plenty of fluids and taking stool softeners to make it easier to use the bathroom. Additionally, you may be advised to not sit on hard surfaces or sit for long periods at a time. This is why tailbone injuries can affect one’s ability to work and make a living.
If you have suffered a tailbone injury caused by a hazardous premise, you may have a Florida slip and fall injury claim on your hands. Find out how to seek compensation for your injuries by calling the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to speak with a knowledgeable Broward County injury lawyer in a free case consultation today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].