Brain Injury After a Fall: What You Should Know
Falls can happen anywhere. While most falls only cause minor injuries, some can result in significant brain injuries. When another person’s negligence causes a fall, a traumatic brain injury attorney can help obtain the maximum settlement for injuries.
The attorneys of Froerer & Miles help those who have experienced a brain injury after a fall in Ogden, UT, Layton, UT, and nearby areas recover compensation for their injuries and other damages. If you have suffered a brain injury and would like to discuss how our attorneys may be able to help you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.
Falls and the Dangers of Brain Injuries
Falls can happen in the workplace, at home, at a place of business, or any public space. Although a fall may seem minor at first, if the head hits the ground or other object, it can lead to brain injuries.
Head injuries from falls are so dangerous that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional falls are the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths.
Types of falls that can lead to a brain injury include:
- Slipping on wet floors
- Falls down stairs
- Falls off a ladder or other elevated area
- Tripping over cords or equipment
About Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury of the brain caused by an external source. TBI refers to a wide range of injuries to the brain, ranging from mild concussions to death.
TBIs are either closed brain injuries, occurring when there is no break in the skull, and penetrating brain injuries. Closed brain injuries are marked by movement of the brain within the skull that causes the brain tissue to become bruised or damaged. Penetrating brain injuries describe open head injuries in which the skull is broken and an object enters the brain.
A TBI can happen as a result of nearly any injury involving the head, such as car accidents, workplace accidents, and falls.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Because traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe, there is a wide variety of symptoms that may present after a TBI. Symptoms sometimes occur immediately while other times not be apparent for several hours or days.
Some possible symptoms include:
- Loss of sense of time
- Cognitive deficits
- Limb weakness
- Poor coordination
- Vision problems
- Changes in hearing
- Difficulty reading
- Difficulty speaking
- Personality changes
- Nausea or vomiting
A brain injury can cause permanent damage, affecting quality of life and sometimes negatively impacting relationships with friends and family. When brain injuries occur after a fall caused by another party’s negligence, it may be possible to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit.
Those who have suffered a TBI may be able to recover compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses, including physical therapy
- Loss of future earnings
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Contact the Attorneys of Froerer & Miles
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury and would like help pursuing damages for your pain and suffering, please call our Ogden office at (801) 621-2690 to schedule a consultation.