Slip and falls sometimes make people ask why someone would sue over something as simple as tripping. You might be surprised, but slip and falls often result in substantial injuries that impact people for the rest of their lives. This post will go over one particular type of injury associated with slip and falls, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Slip and falls cause TBIs when the person is caught off-guard. People, usually by instinct, may be able to brace their falls and prevent serious injury. But when a dangerous condition is present, you are significantly less likely to react in time to the fall to prevent injury. The classic hazardous conditions are:
- Loose floorboards, carpeting, or mats;
- Spilled water, grease, oil, or other liquids;
- Inadequate lighting;
- Poorly designed stairs or curbs;
- Debris or clutter; and
- Power cords.
If you suffered one of these falls, you should also keep your shoes. A common defense to slip and fall lawsuits is to argue that your shoes lacked sufficient tread and that that was the real cause of your fall.
As illustrated above, these accidents can occur anywhere, to anyone who is caught off-guard. If you suffered injuries in a bad slip and fall, you should seek the advice of an attorney and perhaps a neurological expert. Many symptoms from TBIs do not manifest for weeks or months after the accident. A lawyer can go over the nuance of premises liability (slip and fall) accidents to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. If you suffered a TBI, you would need a fair settlement or judgment to make sure that you have sufficient funds to cover your medical expenses.