As your belly grows, your center of gravity shifts and your joints start
to relax due to a pregnancy hormone released to help you deliver your
baby. These changes are often one of the reasons why pregnant women start
to feel clumsy or fall during their pregnancy.
What if I slipped and fell while shopping?
Shopping for Christmas and Hanukah gifts can be stressful enough, as the
pregnant woman, it can be even more taxing. You might feel you are at
fault for your injury because of the changes you’re experiencing,
but if your slip and fall accident was a result of the store’s negligence,
you could hold them liable for your injuries.
Common reasons for slip and fall injuries:
- Spilled product
- Torn carpets
- Aisles cluttered with merchandise
- Snow, rain or mud tracked in from customers
Store owners and property owners have a responsibility to maintain a reasonably
safe environment for their customers. If while you were pregnant, you
injured yourself after slipping and falling in a store, you could hold
the property manager or company liable. You will have to show evidence
that the store knew or could have reasonably known about the conditions
in which you fell and negligently choose not to address them.
Should I be worried about my baby?
It is very unlikely that you baby will be injured in your fall. Your body
is designed to handle quite a bit of stress. Your baby is protected by
shock absorbing amniotic fluid, membranes, and the muscles in your uterus.
If you fall later in your pregnancy, the shock could put you into labor.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur after your fall:
- Pain, bleeding or you were directly struck in your stomach
- Vaginal bleeding, amniotic fluid leaking
- Severe pain or tenderness if your uterus, pelvis or abdomen
- Fetal movements decrease
- Uterine contractions
Call our Atlanta slip and fall lawyer today to discuss your case.