How Serious are Brain Injuries from Slip and Fall Accidents? March 2, 2020
Slip and fall accidents can seem harmless. Unfortunately, a common slip and fall accident can result in a serious brain injury. When this happens as a result of the negligence or carelessness of another, victims have legal rights through a premises liability lawsuit.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
The most common causes of slip and fall accidents that result from the negligence or carelessness of property owners include:
- Slippery or wet floors caused by spills, weather conditions, oil, or grease
- Power cords that stretch across walkways or extend beyond furniture or office equipment
- Loose or torn carpet or floor tiles
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Loose floorboards
- Debris or clutter in walkways or on steps
- Snow or ice on sidewalks or steps
- Broken handrails or stairs
- Unmarked wheel stops or potholes in parking lots
- Wet leaves
When any of these conditions exist, it is the legal responsibility of the property owner or manager to fix the problem in a reasonable period once the condition is reported. Routine inspection and maintenance of public and private property are also the responsibility of the property owner or manager.
Consequences of a Brain Injury Due to a Slip and Fall Accident
When a victim falls to the ground, they often bang their head on a hard surface. When a person falls forward, they can injure the frontal lobes of the brain, and when they fall backward, they can seriously damage the back of their brain and the brain stem. Injuries to the brain can result in the following:
- Bleeding in the brain
- Swelling of the brain
- Cognitive deficits
- Loss of memory
- Headaches and migraines
- Dizziness and vertigo
- Trouble concentrating
- Vision disturbances
- Hearing loss
- Loss of the sense of smell
- Loss of independence
- Mobility issues
- Problems with hand/eye coordination
- Loss of balance
- Inability to make decisions
Victims of brain injuries can recover from the trauma to their brain, but in a large majority of incidents, permanent damage occurs. Temporary and permanent disability can make it difficult or even impossible to work or live independently. Emergency and ongoing medical expenses, physical and cognitive therapy, and loss of income can place a severe financial burden on a victim and their family.
When a brain injury occurs, it is important to consult with an experienced premises liability lawyer. A reputable attorney will be able to review the details of the slip and fall accident and determine the best legal strategy.
Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP Help Victims Claim Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents
If you suffered a brain injury resulting from a slip and fall accident, call the Philadelphia premises liability lawyers at Galfand Berger LLP. We will review your case . Call us at 800-222-8792 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including Allentown and Harrisburg.