Know Your Rights if You Suffered Brain Injuries After a Slip and Fall in California
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the most common types of personal injury accidents that a person could sustain. While most people think that slip and falls in California are a mere inconvenience or embarrassment rarely causing personal injury, our Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers know that is not true. Falls are actually one of the leading causes of catastrophic personal injuries in the United States. For instance, the CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). This can be a debilitating and disabling injury leaving victims and their families with little options what to do next.
Here at the Broadway Law Firm, our experienced slip and fall lawyers in Los Angeles know just how devastating fall injuries can be. This is particularly true of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, which can result in physical, emotional, and financial damages for a family. These damages can be overburdening and overwhelming. That is why our compassionate and skilled team work with TBI victims and their families to take those burdens off their shoulders and onto ours so they can focus on healing. We offer FREE consultations and accept TBI cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we only get paid a percentage of what we recover for you, and only after we recover it for you. Learn more by calling us today by dialing 213.344.0067.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, as “an injury that affects how the brain works” which may be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating injury piercing the skull. According to the CDC, there are 61,000 TBI-related deaths in the United States each year, which equates to 166 TBI-related deaths each day.
No one type of brain injury is a TBI. Rather, there are many different types of injuries which could be classified as a TBI. There are also several different severities of TBIs, including mild, moderate, and severe. The classification of a TBI depends on a physician’s evaluation of the symptoms and the extent of damage to the brain.
However, our Los Angeles slip and fall lawyers urge anyone who was diagnosed with a “mild” TBI to still seek immediate legal representation. While a doctor may classify a TBI as “mild,” in reality there is no such thing as a “mild” brain injury—all brain injuries are considered significant.
How Do Slip and Falls Cause TBIs?
Slip and fall accidents are caused when a person slips, trips, and otherwise looses balance and falls to the ground. When a person falls to the ground, he or she could strike his or her head on the ground, wall, table, or another object. The force of the fall is what can cause injury to the head and brain.
Some common examples of slip and falls that could cause a head injury like a TBI in California include the following:
- Spilled product on the floor
- Excessive use of soap or wax on the floor
- Leaky AC unit or refrigeration unit
- Broken pipe or leaking pipe
- Tracked in rain water
- Uneven flooring
- Broken tiles or flooring
- Unlit stairs
- Broken hand railings for improperly secured hand railings
- Debris or garbage on the floor
- Holes on the ground or floor, and
- Other causes that could cause a person to lose balance and fall.
Common Types of TBIs in California Slip and Fall Cases
All TBIs are serious, even if they are labeled by a doctor as “mild.” Victims with mild TBIs can still recover significant compensation for their pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and other damages related to their accident.
Some of the most common types of TBIs include the following:
One of the most common types of TBIs is a concussion. The CDC defines a concussion as a TBI “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” It can happen when victims hit their head against an object or the ground in a fall. While sports, particularly the NFL, have brought concussions to light, unfortunately many people still see concussions as mild because many athletes return too soon to a game.
But the important point is that they are indeed athletes, and concussions to the general population will have a more significant and damaging impact on our health. This is why it is important and imperative for a victim of a concussion to consult with an experienced slip and fall lawyer for help.
Diffuse Axonal Injuries (DAI)
A diffuse axonal injury, also known as a DAI, is one of the most damaging types of TBIs because it causes actual shearing or tearing damage to brain tissue. This type of injury is caused when the brain rapidly shifts inside the skull due to a force on the head, usually a violent back-and-forth shake or impact. Fibers in the brain are torn, ripped, or sheared resulting in damage to the connections of the brain. This also brains bleeding and swelling which can further cause injuries to the brain, including in areas that are not torn.
DAIs can be caused in many types of personal injury accidents, usually car accidents or trucking wrecks. But they can happen in a slip and fall, particularly where a person falls down the stairs or violently falls backwards and strikes an object. Children and particularly susceptible to DAIs in falls.
Brain injuries caused by a whiplash motion are likely to result in a coup-contrecoup TBI. These types of TBIs are when the brain whips back-and-forth in the brain, striking the inside of the skull as it goes back-and-forth. That means there is damage on multiple sides of the brain, causing the potential for extreme swelling.
The most common way a slip and fall victim may suffer a coup-contrecoup TBI is in a violent fall, including on stairs. But any type of impact to the ground can result in this type of whiplash injury.
Other Types of TBIs
In addition to those big three TBIs, there are many other common types of TBIs that could be caused by slip and falls. The most common types of TBIs include the following:
- Brain bleeds
- Penetrating brain injuries
- Skull fractures
- Second impact syndrome (a second concussion before the first could heal)
- Cerebral edema (swelling), and
- Other types of TBIs.
Were You Injured in a Slip and Fall? Did You Suffer a TBI? We Can Help
All brain injuries are serious, even mild ones. If you or a loved one suffered a TBI, call our experienced slip and fall lawyers at the Broadway Law Firm in Los Angeles, California to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation today. We offer FREE consultations, pay the upfront costs of litigation, and accept cases on a contingency fee basis meaning we only get paid after you get paid. Learn more by dialing 213.344.0067 to schedule your FREE appointment with our staff, or you may also contact us using our free and easy-to-use “contact us” box available here.