Traumatic Brain Injuries in Slip and Fall Accidents
When people suddenly fall, they are often able to catch themselves by putting out their arms. While this can result in painful injuries to the wrists and arms, it can help prevent more serious injuries to the head. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to keep one’s head from hitting the ground, especially for those who are older and have slower reflexes.
In other cases, it is simply not possible, as when a person carrying an armload of groceries slips on a spill in the store. In these situations, it is not uncommon for falls to cause serious head injuries, ranging from concussions to skull fractures. Treating head injuries is expensive, so it is critical for those who were injured in this type of accident to speak with an experienced premises liability attorney about recovering damages to compensate them for medical bills and other losses.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Our skulls are surrounded by fluid that acts as a cushion and keeps the brain from making contact with the inside of the skull. However, when the head sustains a serious impact, this protective covering is often not enough to protect the brain. Similarly, when an object penetrates the skull itself, this fluid can do little to prevent shards of bone from becoming lodged in the brain. When the brain comes into contact with the inside of a person’s skull, that individual can suffer from a traumatic brain injury. Generally, the severity of the injury depends on the degree of impact involved.
Mild injuries, like concussions, are still considered traumatic brain injuries and should be carefully monitored. Signs that a person has sustained this type of injury include:
- A brief loss of consciousness upon impact;
- Sensitivity to sound or light;
- Blurred vision or ringing in the ears;
- Difficulty concentrating; and
- Sleep disturbances.
These symptoms are also not uncommon among those suffering from moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, although these individuals are also more likely to experience:
- Convulsions and seizures;
- Worsening or constant headaches;
- Numbness in the extremities;
- Slurred speech;
- Confusion; and
- Mood swings.
Unfortunately, many of these symptoms do not manifest right away and it could be days or weeks before a slip and fall victim begins recognizing them. For this reason, it is critical that those who strike their heads when they slip and fall immediately seek medical attention, as doctors are more familiar with the less obvious signs of traumatic brain injury.
A slip and fall victim’s treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, as mild injuries usually heal after a week or so with rest. More severe injuries, however, often require surgery to repair bruised brain tissue or ruptured blood vessels. Even after surgery, injured parties are often required to undergo physical therapy, psychiatric therapy, and even speech and language therapy.
Contact Our Legal Team Today
If you were injured while visiting a building where you were a customer or had otherwise been invited, you could be eligible to recover damages from the owner. This is because Texas property owners who invite others on to their premises are required to use reasonable care to make those areas safe. When property owners fail to fulfill this duty and a person is injured as a result, that individual could recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please contact one of the experienced premises liability attorneys at Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. by calling 737-201-0543 to learn more.