How Slips and Falls Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries
For some people, slipping and falling leaves a few bruises and causes a few moments of embarrassment. But for others, slipping and falling can be a life-changing event—especially if it causes them to hit their head. Any injury to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and slips and falls are among the most likely types of accidents to result in TBIs.
When people fall, they usually put their hands out to catch themselves on their way to the ground. But that’s not always possible. Sometimes, people fall backwards or while carrying something. And in some cases, slip and fall victims are elderly or in a weakened condition that makes it difficult for them to reduce the impact or intensity of a fall.
The biggest risk factor people face when falling is hitting their head on a hard object, such as the floor, a chair, a table, or a curb, just to name a few. When this happens, the impact can cause primary brain damage, which is an immediate injury to brain tissue. Others may experience secondary brain damage, which happens minutes or hours after brain injuries and is caused by rising pressure inside the skull.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia brain injury lawyers work hard to help victims get compensation after TBIs that weren’t their fault, whether they happen during car accidents, because of slip and falls, or for any other reason. Contact us today if you or someone you love suffered a TBI. We know what it takes to win your claim.