According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people—especially older adults—slip and fall every year. However, slips and falls can happen to anyone, including young children and working adults, and they can occur anywhere, from schools, recreational areas, and commercial areas to nursing homes, hospitals, public spaces, retail centers, and elsewhere. Slips and falls can lead to serious bodily injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and various degrees of paralysis.
You may be able to file for compensation if you suffered a slip and fall because of the negligence or recklessness of someone else. To learn more, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. A Miami paralysis traumatic brain injuries caused by slip and fall lawyer may be able to evaluate your case at no up-front cost and help you file a claim if you have grounds for seeking compensation.
Signs and Symptoms of TBIs and Paralysis
Here we discuss the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and paralysis.
As per the Mayo Clinic, depending on the severity of a TBI, a patient can suffer:
- Sensory issues, such as problems with hearing or seeing
- Mood, depression, and anxiety imbalances
- Headaches, dizziness, or vertigo
- An inability to concentrate or remember things
- Drowsiness, fatigue, or an inability to sleep
- Balance problems
- Unusual sensitivity to sound, light, or motion
The damages you may be entitled to after a slip and fall accident that results in a TBI will depend on the severity of your injuries and whether your injuries can be categorized as catastrophic. We discuss liability, insurance, and compensation in greater detail later in this post.
Paralysis is defined as a loss of sensation or muscle function in part of the body. Paralysis can be caused by slips and falls and can be:
- Localized or generalized: that is, it may affect one part of the body or multiple parts of the body.
- Partial or complete: it may lead to a complete loss of sensation and/or muscle function or only a partial loss of sensation and/or muscle function.
- Temporary or permanent: a patient can suffer from paralysis that is temporary, in which case the patient can recover, or permanent, in which case recovery is either impossible or highly unlikely.
According to Healthline, the types of paralysis can be broken down into:
- Monoplegia: this affects only one arm or one leg.
- Hemiplegia: this affects one arm and one leg on the same side of the body.
- Paraplegia: this affects both of the patient’s legs.
- Quadriplegia or tetraplegia: this affects all of the patient’s limbs.
To diagnose paralysis, you may require X-rays, CT scans, and/or MRIs, as well as medical observation for an extended period of time depending on the type of paralysis you have and the progress you make in recovering from your injuries. Common treatments for paralysis include surgery, various forms of therapy, mobility devices such as a wheelchair or scooters, and medications or muscle relaxers. Amputations are sometimes used as a treatment of last resort for paralyzed patients.
Diagnosing and treating TBIs and paralysis can be very expensive, and you should not have to pay treatment costs—not to mention other losses associated with your injuries—if they were caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else. To determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. A Miami paralysis traumatic brain injuries caused by slip and fall lawyer from our team may be able to assist with your case.
Liability, Insurance, and Compensation
You can file a compensation claim with the insurer of an at-fault party responsible for your slip and fall accident if you can prove that:
- You were legally on the property on which the slip and fall accident occurred
- The at-fault party—usually an owner or operator of a specific property—owed you a duty of care to remove slip and fall hazards or address dangerous conditions on the property but failed to do so
- The at-fault party’s failure to prevent guests, visitors, or workers on the premises from suffering injuries or harm via a slip and fall resulted in your injuries and/or other damages
In terms of insurance, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim against your employer if you suffered a workplace slip and fall and sustained a TBI or were somehow paralyzed by your fall. You can seek compensation for a slip or fall on private property using the property owner’s homeowners’ insurance. Businesses and other public places typically use premises liability coverage to pay for slip and fall injuries.
Understanding the policies that can be used for coverage for your specific case and the compensation limits and evidence requirements for each policy is something an attorney can assist you with.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733. A Miami paralysis traumatic brain injuries caused by slip and fall lawyer may be able to help you understand the various laws that apply to your case, including the employment, insurance, evidence, and filing requirements that apply to your case. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you may only have four years within which to file a claim for personal injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, so do not hesitate to contact us today. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.
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