Brain Injury From A Slip and Fall
When imagining a slip and fall accident, you will likely assume the injuries include broken bones, muscle sprains and strains, and potential back issues. If you’re lucky, those injuries are all you will experience. Unfortunately, some falls can lead to significant head injuries ranging from mild concussions to permanent brain injuries. Personal injury accident victims are encouraged to evaluate the facts surrounding their accident, and if your injury was caused by another person or entity, we invite you to contact our law firm for a free case review.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Explained
Inside of the skull, there is fluid that surrounds the brain which acts as a cushion to prevent the brain from making direct contact with the skull. However, any rapid movement can bypass this safeguard and result in direct brain-to-skull contact. Depending on the significance of the movement, you become at-risk for suffering a mild to traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms of A TBI
A mild brain injury typically will not cause life-threatening injuries. That said, you should still see a doctor to obtain appropriate care and treatment. A TBI, however, can become life-altering and even life-threatening. Common symptoms of a TBI include:
- Brief loss of consciousness
- Vomiting and/or nausea
- Changes in sleep habits
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Changes in vision
- Changes in hearing
- Difficulty focusing
Victims who have suffered a serious TBI can potentially experience the following:
- Inability to fall asleep
- Inability to wake up
- Numbness in extremities
- Slurred speech
- Changes in mood and/or behavior
- Recurrent confusion
If you suffered a significant blow to the head and have experienced any of the above symptoms—you should contact a medical doctor immediately.
Slipping and Falling
The most common type of injury among all of my slip and fall clients include broken bones and muscle sprains and strains. This is because more often than not, they use their arms and legs to prevent themselves from hitting their head. However, some cases may not permit this type of reaction. These instances include:
- Tripping over an object in a walkway and hitting your head on an object nearby.
- Falling in a store and hitting your head on a counter.
- Falling in someone’s residence and hitting your head on a table, cabinet, etc…
- Slipping on a surface that prevents you from using your arms and/or legs as a first line of defense.
Any of the above accidents could easily result in a severe blow to the head. If that is the case, you’ll need to contact our Las Vegas brain injury lawyer immediately.
Treatment Available For TBI’s
The treatment plan for a TBI will depend on the seriousness of the injury in conjunction with the affected areas of the brain. If you suffered a mild concussion, then your doctor will probably prescribe bed rest while you recover and any approved prescription painkiller if the pain is unmanageable. A mild concussion will typically resolve within 10 days.
A serious TBI will usually require bedrest PLUS therapy. These therapies include:
- Occupational and/or physical therapy for loss of motor skills;
- Speech and language therapy for changes in speech;
- Psychiatric therapy for changes in mood and behavior.
Moreover, it is not uncommon for a victim of a TBI to undergo surgery to repair bruised brain tissue and/or ruptured blood vessels. The sad fact of the matter is that most TBI symptoms can become permanent and will require life-long medical treatment.
Obtaining Compensation For A TBI
Traumatic brain injuries can result in expensive therapies and can leave some permanently disabled and in constant pain. If you were injured in a slip and fall and have experienced a TBI, you can recover financially in the following areas:
- Current medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation services
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Loss of companionship
The amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the type of injury suffered, whether or not you followed your doctor’s orders, and whether the negligent party was adequately insured. Contact a personal injury attorney for a free case review to learn the type of compensation you are entitled to under Nevada law.
Call a Las Vegas brain injury attorney today
Traumatic brain injuries can seriously disrupt your life in more ways than one. That is why our lawyers at The Injury Firm are dedicated to fighting aggressively for you so you can recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us for a free consultation at (702) 800-0988.