In South Carolina and elsewhere, slip-and-fall accidents are fairly common. The victims of such incidents may experience a variety of injuries including back pain, broken bones and sprains -- among numerous others. Those who fall and hit their heads may even suffer mild to severe brain injuries.
Slip-and-fall accidents happen in homes, stores, hotels, restaurants, parks and just about everywhere else, including private and public property. Such incidents generally occur due to some sort of hazard that has been left unattended by the property owner. Things such as poor lighting, broken hand rails, uneven surfaces, wet floors and torn carpeting -- among various other things -- can all cause a person to trip or slip and hurt him or herself.
While not all slip-and-fall accidents result in head injuries, there are many people who do hit their heads and may experience a number of concerning symptoms. Brain injury symptoms include but are not limited to headaches, dizziness, nausea, memory loss and confusion. Anyone who has suffered a blow to the head and has any symptoms of a possible brain injury, even if symptoms are mild, should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
When brain injuries result from slip-and-fall accidents, victims may not know if they can seek compensation for their losses. In South Carolina, it is possible to do so, but one will have to prove that the owner was aware of the hazard and failed to take necessary action to fix it. An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims of such incidents by reviewing the facts of their cases and pursing legal claims, if appropriate.
Source: FindLaw, "Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Slip and Fall", Accessed on Dec. 16, 2016