A slip-and-fall accident typically happens quickly. One minute you are walking through the store looking for your favorite brand of cereal, and the next minute, you are on the floor. You may end up with a bruise on your hip or a sprained wrist from trying to catch your fall. Unfortunately, not every fall has such simple consequences.
Slipping or tripping can have catastrophic results, and it is not uncommon for a fall to result in serious, life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one has fallen because a property owner or manager failed to take reasonable safety precautions, you would do well to learn all you can about how to fight for your rights and pursue the justice you deserve in civil court.
Danger can be anywhere
If you are a customer or guest on public or private property, you have a certain expectation of safety, and the person in charge of the property has responsibilities to ensure that safety. A fall that occurs because of a wet or soiled floor, flooring that is in disrepair, clutter on the floor, poor lighting, or other causes can have tragic consequences. A traumatic brain injury is among the most common.
A ground-level fall may seem harmless enough, but if you strike your head, you may end up with a brain injury. Brain injuries often mean cognitive deficiencies, struggles with communication, impaired mobility and many more disabilities. Some situations that may place you at risk of such a life-changing and potentially life-threatening injury include the following:
- Tripping and falling forward, striking the front of your head
- Slipping and hitting the back of your head on the ground or floor
- Falling and striking your head on another object, such as the corner of a table or shelf, as you fall
- Slipping or tripping and falling down the stairs, striking your head
Proving that someone else's negligence led to the fall may not be so easy. You will have to demonstrate to the court that the property owner knew of the slipping hazard and did not correct it, or that the property owner did not know about the hazard but should have known.
A difficult future
A brain injury resulting from a fall may be a serious diagnosis. You may require long-term care or medical treatment for the rest of your life. This is not easy to afford and often becomes quite a hardship for families of fall victims. If your injury occurred because of a Texas property owner's negligence, you may want to explore your options for seeking compensation.