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Your Options After a Traumatic Brain Injury From a Slip and Fall

Posted on January 10, 2022 in

Slip and fall accidents can result in very severe injuries. Broken bones, sprained joints, and whiplash are common forms of damage in these accidents. However, many slip and fall impacts experience traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that have a major impact on their daily life. If you developed a TBI during a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for legal action against the property owner.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Many factors can contribute to a slip and fall accident, from inappropriate footwear to slippery surfaces. Distractions and navigation mistakes may also contribute to these incidents. In many cases, however, the property owner’s negligence is responsible. 

Oregon property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises and respond to any hazards as soon as possible. The owner must also warn visitors of any hazards that could cause injury. If a property owner fails to uphold this duty, serious accidents can occur.

Common causes of slip and fall accidents include the following.

  • Stairs, porches, and other structures that are unsafe
  • Spilled liquids, food, and other substances
  • Failure to follow safety regulations
  • Wet and uneven floors without proper signage
  • Unfastened cords and wires
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Damaged handrails or banisters
  • Poor lighting

The Lasting Impact of a Traumatic Brain Injury

A TBI occurs when you sustain a severe force or jolt to the head, or an object penetrates your skull. As a result, you can develop severe brain damage, resulting in life-threatening complications and long-term impairments. 

Symptoms of a brain injury include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sensitivity to light and source
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mood changes
  • Dizziness and loss of balance

A brain injury can have a severe impact on your life. You may require extensive medical care and special therapies to support mobility, life skills, and other critical functions. You may be unable to return to work and experience severe pain and emotional trauma due to the injury. The financial, psychological, and physical impact of the accident can be difficult to bear.

Recover Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident

During a slip and fall accident, you can fall onto a hard surface or sharp object, harming your skull. You may also fall from a high place and make impact with the ground, which can also damage the brain. In many cases, a property owner’s negligent actions are responsible for this incident and your resulting TBI.

In these situations, you could file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the property owner responsible for your slip and fall accident. Through your claim, you can recover compensation for the losses that you experienced due to the TBI, such as the following.

  • Past and future medical care
  • Lost wages and loss of future earnings
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Disability accommodations
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

To secure a settlement in your case, you will need to prove that the property owner’s actions led to the hazard that caused your slip and fall accident. If you believe that you are eligible for a slip and fall accident claim, speak to a Portland brain injury attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer can evaluate your case and help you identify your optimal path to compensation.

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