Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer FAQ: I suffered a traumatic brain injury in a slip and fall, can I receive compensation?
When people think about the injuries sustained in a slip and fall, they will typically imagine broken bones and strained muscles. However, some of these accidents can cause serious head injuries that range from a mild concussion to an injury that will change the person’s entire life. Sadly, some people will not survive the slip and fall. If you have slipped and fallen and sustained a traumatic brain injury, you should consider meeting with a slip and fall lawyer to discuss the possibility of compensation.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries
The brain is surrounded by a fluid that protects and cushions it against coming into contact with the skull. However, any hard impact or jarring motion can cause the brain and skull to collide; thereby, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. These injuries are also known as silent injuries because without proper testing they can go undiagnosed. In some cases, an undiagnosed TBI can cause serious, life-threatening, symptoms.
The symptoms of a TBI will vary depending on the severity of the injury. A mild concussion generally does not cause any life-threatening symptoms; however, it is always a good idea to have a doctor examine you. Mild symptoms may include:
- A brief loss of consciousness
- Sleep disturbances
- Nausea or vomiting
- Light or sound sensitivity
- Inability to concentrate
- Blurred vision
- Ringing in the ears
A moderate TBI can include the same symptoms above, as well as:
- Very bad headaches that worsen
- Slurred speech
- Memory loss
- Numbness in the limbs, toes, or fingers
- Inability to wake up
- Unusual behavior
If a slip and fall caused your TBI, you should get medical attention. After, it is advisable to consult a slip and fall lawyer for further advice.
How A Slip and Fall Can Cause a Traumatic Brain Injury
Although it is possible to break a fall with your arms or hands, sometimes doing so will be difficult. In other situations, you might hurt yourself during or after the fall. As a slip and fall lawyer, we know of cases that resulted in a serious TBI because of one of the following:
- A person tripped and fell from a crack in the sidewalk and while falling hit their head against a tree.
- A client fell in a store and knocked their head on a sharp countertop corner.
- A child fell in at neighbors home and hit their head against a table.
- An elderly person slipped on a wet floor and landed on their head and back.
These accidents caused a significant blow to the head that led to a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury. Compensation was awarded in some degree.
Call a Slip and Fall Lawyer if You Suffered a TBI In Your Accident
A traumatic brain injury can result in long term medical care, costly treatments, and render some victims unable to work. If negligence, wrongdoing, or irresponsibility cause your slip and fall, it may be in your best interest to consult a personal injury lawyer in Washington, DC for legal advice.
Thanks to The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and slip and fall accidents involving a brain injury.