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Slip & Falls Are a Common Cause of Traumatic Brain Injury

Law Offices of Steven Zwick Nov. 7, 2023

Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common types of injury-related incidents that result in personal injury claims. While slip-and-fall accidents can cause relatively minor injuries, some people may be surprised to learn that slip-and-falls are also a common cause of traumatic brain injury. If someone suffers a TBI in a fall, it can affect their health and even the most basic aspects of their day-to-day lives. Knowing the symptoms and signs to look for with a traumatic brain injury is important when it comes to seeking compensation for an accident. 

At the Law Offices of Steven Zwick, we have decades of experience in helping injured people pursue the justice the financial compensation they deserve after they were injured due to the negligence of other parties. If you or someone you love have suffered a traumatic brain injury in a slip and fall accident, our team is ready to help you. We have multiple locations in Southern California. Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation. 

Common Causes of a Slip & Fall

There are many causes for slip and fall accidents, such as: 

  • wet floors 

  • broken or uneven walkways or sidewalks 

  • faulty staircases 

  • poor lighting 

  • weather-related factors (snow, ice, etc.) 

  • objects in the way 

Regardless of the cause, if you suffer an injury due to negligence on the part of the party responsible for maintaining safe premises, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim

What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that is caused by an outside force, usually a blow to the head. Such an injury is commonly the result of falling (with the person’s head striking the ground or an object) or an object falling on a person’s head. Traumatic brain injuries are quite common. According to statistics cited by the Brain Injury Association of America, at least 2.8 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. 

Some of the more common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include: 

  • severe headaches 

  • loss of vision 

  • nausea 

  • difficulty speaking 

  • seizures 

  • difficulty sleeping or waking from sleep 

  • dilated pupils 

If you or a loved one is suffering any of the symptoms listed above following a slip and fall, seek medical treatment immediately. 

Diagnosis & Treatment

Depending on the nature of the injury and its severity, the diagnosis and treatment can vary. Some of the more common methods of diagnosis include cognitive tests or imaging scans of the brain. 

Treatment for a traumatic brain injury can range from ongoing medication to treat pain or seizures to surgery to relieve intracranial pressure. Regular rehabilitation or physical therapy may also be necessary. 

Filing a Claim

If you believe your traumatic brain injury resulted from a slip and fall accident, you will need the help of a knowledgeable attorney to begin the process of filing a claim. 

Premises Liability 

Under the legal principle of premises liability, the owner or party responsible for maintaining a premises owes other people a duty of care to keep them safe. If this duty of care is breached, and this breach of duty results in someone becoming injured, there are grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit. 

Legal Challenges of a TBI 

The complexity of traumatic brain injuries can lead to potential legal difficulties in proving the injury’s cause and seeking compensation. Having an attorney with the connections and resources to ensure you have access to medical professionals and experts in the area of brain injuries can be beneficial as you seek a favorable outcome to your claim. 

Your Health & Future Matter

Suffering any type of injury can range from a temporary inconvenience to a life-altering incident. No matter where you are on that scale, you are left with financial challenges that stem from your injury. In the case of a traumatic brain injury, you or a loved one who was injured could be facing significant expenses that will last the rest of your life.  

These difficult burdens should not be carried alone. Having knowledgeable legal representation advocating on your behalf plays a crucial role in not only your personal injury claim but also your ability to keep moving forward with the weight of your financial challenges. 

Our team is ready and willing to take some of that burden off of your shoulders. If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury in a slip and fall accident, we are here to learn the details about your unique experience, investigate the incident that caused your injury, explain the legal options that may be available to you, and help you navigate the process to seek the fair financial compensation you need.  

At the Law Offices of Steven Zwick, we proudly serve clients across Southern California and throughout Orange County, as well as Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.