Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Slip and Fall Accidents can Result in Surprisingly Serious Brain Injuries

At some point in your life, you will inevitably slip and fall down. In most cases, a fall may cause minor bumps or bruises and may certainly bruise your ego. However, in other situations, a seemingly simple slip and fall accident can result in serious injuries with long-term implications. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) has reported that nearly 9 million visits to the emergency room per year in the United States result from slip and fall injuries. Many of these ER patients may require extensive medical care for fractured bones, neck and back injuries, serious contusions, and more. One particularly concerning injury that can result from a slip and fall is a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI).

How can a fall result in a TBI?

When you slip or trip, you often have little control over where or how you land. Whether you fall forward or backward, there is a good chance you may hit your head on the ground or on any shelves or nearby objects. Anytime you hit your head, you run the risk of sustaining a TBI. A TBI is damage to the brain tissue from the brain hitting the skull and it most often occurs from direct trauma to the head. The damage can occur directly beneath the point of impact or even on the opposite side of the head.

Traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. Severe TBI can cause long-term or even permanent symptoms, which can result in serious impairments and disabilities for victims. Many severe brain injuries result from fall accidents, including same-level slip and falls.

Signs and symptoms of severe traumatic brain injuries

One of the most telling signs that you have suffered a severe TBI is the loss of consciousness. While some victims lose consciousness for a brief period of time, others may be in a coma for days or weeks. After awakening from a coma, many people suffer from some form of amnesia. In addition, severe TBI victims often suffer from serious problems with the following:

•    Concentration, attention, and focus

•    Balance, coordination, strength, and other motor functions

•    Long and short-term memory loss

•    Sensory perception

•    Understanding basic communications and directions

•    Verbal and written communications

•    Personality and behavioral changes

•    Anxiety, depression, and other emotional conditions

•    Sleep disorders

The above symptoms can last for an extended period of time and can often be permanent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 43 percent of severe TBI victims still experience impairments one year after the injury and more than 5 million individuals in the U.S. live with a disability stemming from a TBI. These impairments can prevent a TBI victim from working, driving, attending school, having meaningful relationships, participating in everyday activities, or even from living independently.

Who can be held liable for my brain injury-related losses?

Brain injury victims can incur extensive financial and intangible losses as a result of the following and more:

•    Emergency trauma care

•    Extended hospitalization

•    Physical and occupational rehabilitation

•    Psychological treatment

•    In-home assistance

•    Assisted living facilities

•    Loss of income, benefits, and earning capacity

•    Psychological and physical pain and suffering

•    Lost enjoyment of everyday life

One of the first questions a slip and fall victim with a TBI asks is: can I receive compensation for my losses? Fortunately, in many cases, the answer is “yes.”

If you slipped and fell simply because of your own clumsiness, you may not be able to recover for your losses. However, many slip and falls occur because of a hazardous condition on the premises. Property owners who fail to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition and who allow hazards to exist can be held liable for any injuries that result from the dangerous property. This includes injuries to people who slip and fall due to unsafe flooring, obstacles in walkways, unsecured cords, and similar hazards.

Consult with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney today

If you have sustained a TBI or any other type of injury in a slip and fall accident and you suspect that the property owner was negligent, you should always discuss your legal rights with a qualified personal injury lawyer. At the office of J. Allen Law, P.L., we help injured individuals in Orlando and throughout central Florida receive the compensation they deserve. from negligent parties. Don’t hesitate to call us for a free fifteen-minute consultation at 407-205-2330 today.

Note: Above is a simplification and a brief overview provided for informational purposes only. There are additional considerations and exceptions that could be applicable to your specific circumstances. You should not rely on any information provided here and should seek an experienced and caring litigation attorney as soon as possible before making any decisions.

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