Falls are the Leading Cause of Brain Injuries

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According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a concussion usually occurs when the brain suffers a sudden blow from a fall or impact. The impact causes the brain to be jolted inside the skull, resulting in temporary bruising or damage to the brain. Many people may experience mild symptoms that include:

  • Nausea;
  • Dizziness;
  • Headache;
  • Vomiting;
  • Forgetfulness;
  • Fatigue;
  • Trouble sleeping;
  • Unclear speech; and
  • Sensitivity to light or sound.

While a concussion may not be deadly, a more severe brain injury could result in death or permanent injury to the brain. A more severe brain injury may result in loss of:

  • Motor control;
  • Senses;
  • Cognitive abilities;
  • Personality; and
  • Memory.

In New York City, falls resulting in brain injuries are quite common. According to the CDC, traumatic brain injuries contribute to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. The CDC claims falls account for 47% of brain injuries and the group most affected are children. Some of the most common causes of slip and falls include icy sidewalks, uneven pavement, cracks, and debris in the street. In some instances, a slip and fall may occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence. Negligence is a person’s failure to exercise reasonable care, which resulted in an injury to another person.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important to seek the guidance of an experienced New York personal injury lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. The New York accident lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC are experienced in handling all aspects of personal injury, including serious slip and fall accidents. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our Brooklyn slip and fall accident lawyers at (718) 238-2400.