There are many situations that can cause slips, trips, and falls, including:
• Loose flooring or carpeting
• Uneven flooring surfaces
• Clutter and debris
• Electrical cords
• Open drawers
• Uneven sidewalks
• Dangerous stairways
• Unmarked curbs
• Poor lighting
• Gravel paths
Anyone who hits their head after a slip and fall accident should be examined by a medical doctor. A victim of mild brain injuries may not show symptoms, but mild brain injuries can worsen quickly and may cause serious and irreversible brain damage or even death.
Brain Injuries Caused by Slips and Falls
• Cerebral edema (brain swelling due to accumulation of fluid around the brain)
• Epidural hematoma (bleeding between the dura mater and skull)
• subdural hematoma (bleeding below the dura mater)
• Contusion (bruising)
• Carotid artery tear
Symptoms of Brain Injuries From Slip and Fall Accidents
Brain injuries can cause a variety of symptoms. Some victims of brain injury will not show symptoms or will have delayed symptoms; others will display symptoms immediately. Anyone who experiences a loss of consciousness should see medical treatment.
Brain injury symptoms may include:
• Memory problems
• Difficulty concentrating
• Blurred vision
• Difficulty speaking
• Bad taste in mouth
• Trouble sleeping
• Trouble staying awake
• Behavior or personality changes
• Mood swings
Treatment of Brain Injury
Those who sustain a head injury in a Kansas City slip and fall accident should be monitored for brain swelling, bruising and bleeding as these conditions can cause further brain injury. Brain injury often causes permanent disability.
The physical effects of brain injury may include:
• Loss of acquired skills
• Loss of coordination
• Loss of vision
• Loss of speech
Psychological effects of brain injury include personality changes, depression, anxiety and difficulty controlling mood.
Rights of Kansas City Slip and Fall Victims
A property owner has the responsibility to maintain their property so that it is safe for visitors. If a guest or customer is injured while at a business, home, or other property the owner of that property is liable for those injuries if it can be shown that the injuries were caused by the property owner’s negligence. An attorney experienced in premises liability law and slip and fall claims can help a brain injury victim receive damages for their injuries and related expenses.
Have You Been Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident?
If you've been injured in a slip and fall accident you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.