Slip and Fall Accident May Result in Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury does not only happen from serious accidents or jarring head contact from sports like football and hockey.
An individual can suffer a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, from a simple slip and fall accident. In fact, falls are the leading cause of TBIs in the U.S., accounting for 47% of all TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC).
Symptoms of TBIs include physical symptoms like loss of consciousness, confusion and disorientation, headache, vomiting, fatigue and dizziness. A victim may also display sensory problems including blurred vision, ringing in the ears, as well as sensitivity to light or sound. Cognitive or mental symptoms may also result such as memory or concentration problems, feeling anxious or depressed and mood swings.Hazardous Conditions That May Cause a Fall with TBI
A slip and fall with a resulting traumatic brain injury can occur in any public space, including malls, hotels, shopping centers and grocery stores. And the fall doesn't have to be inside - a fall with serious injuries may occur on a sidewalk or in a parking lot.
In an inquiry into a TBI from a slip and fall accident, it's important to identify the cause of the accident. What substance on the floor or ground, or dangerous condition, led to the slip and fall? Here are some common offenders:
- Water or other liquid spill
- Ice and snow
- Oil or grease
- Uneven surfaces
- Loose floor coverings
- Frayed or torn carpeting
- Power cords
- Inadequate lighting
- Clutter or debris
- Defective steps or stairways
Not all falls, even if serious injuries result, are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner or occupant. Generally, negligence can be shown if the surface was unsafe, and also prove that the property owner or occupant knew or should reasonably have known that the surface was unsafe.Let Us Know If You Have Experienced a Brain Injury from a Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a family member has experienced a traumatic brain injury in a premises liability accident such as in a slip and fall, or by a car accident or any other type of personal injury, please contact the Law Offices of Diana Santa Maria, P.A. immediately. Our experienced attorneys will fight for the compensation you deserve. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorneys Diana Santa Maria and Laura D. Dolin, personal injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at (954) 434-1077 or contact us via the website.