Slip, trip, and fall accidents are a much more common occurrence than many realize, affecting millions of people each year and contributing to serious injuries and even death. One of the most troubling kinds of trauma that often is sustained in slip, trip, and falls is a brain injury. In fact, slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of brain injury. Statistics report that approximately 35% of brain injuries are caused by falls. This is because victims are usually not able to control how or where they land when they fall or protect their head from forcefully hitting the ground or another hard surface. The result is the brain getting jarred or knocked into the skull from the impact, causing moderate to severe injuries.
Oftentimes, New York slip, trip, and fall accidents occur because of someone else’s negligence. When this is the case, there is a good possibility for the injured party to be awarded compensation that will help pay for the high costs associated with taking care of a brain injury.
Types of Brain Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Depending largely on the amount of force that impacts the head, there are several types of brain injuries that can be suffered in slip, trip, and fall accidents. Some of the most serious types of trauma that victims report suffering from include:
Damage to nerve cells
Symptoms of Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries
There are distinct symptoms to look for after a slip, trip, and fall accident, though the effects can vary from person to person and are dependent upon the type and severity of the brain injury including:
Liability for New York Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. However, it is particularly common for them to occur on residential and commercial properties that have not succeeded in maintaining a reasonably safe environment. This neglect may result in the owners being found responsible and at fault for slip, trip and fall situations that ultimately cause brain damage and other injuries.
Prevent a Slip and Fall Accident
The best way to prevent a slip and fall accident is through precaution and awareness. Around the home, keep surfaces smooth and free of potential problems such as clutter. Be aware of potential hazards before they become the cause of accidents. Make everyone in the household aware of the critical areas such as stairs, bathtubs, gardens, kitchen, and garage. Check that you have adequate indoor and outdoor lighting. Have everyone participate in a monthly safety check of home and property.
On the street be cautious when weather conditions make walking dangerous during rain or strong winds. In public places like restaurants, grocery stores, or retail establishments, watch out for wet floors or items that may have dropped, like that banana peel or a simple napkin. Literally anything out of place can be a potential hazard.
Be alert for high curbs in parking lots, uneven areas of sidewalks, and loose rugs. These are common traps waiting to cause a slip and fall accident to anyone who doesn’t keep focused on where they are and what they’re doing. Always hold onto the handrail when climbing or descending stairs since the higher the distance of the fall, the more severe damage it caused.
Contact a New York Slip and Fall Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has experienced a slip and fall accident that has resulted in a brain injury because of hazardous conditions created by a property owner, it is important to speak to an experienced New York Premises Liability attorney as soon as possible.
At the Law Office of Dimitrios Kourouklis, Ph.D., our experienced slip and fall attorneys will fight to obtain all of the compensation that you are entitled to receive for your injuries and your damages. Our team of New York Premises Liability attorneys represents slip and fall victims in New York County, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Westchester County. To schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, please call our office at (929) 400-7608, contact us by filling out our online form here, or email us directly at email@example.com.