A common injury that a child can suffer in a slip and fall accident is a head injury. Where do these injuries occur and what are the symptoms to look for?

Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Children to Suffer Devastating Head Injuries


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10/16/2017
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Anyone can be injured in a slip and fall accident, but children are more likely to suffer a serious injury than adults. This is caused in part because children are less able to recognize potential dangers and also due to property owners' negligence. Unfortunately, this can cause a child to suffer a devastating head injury that can be life-threatening and can cause permanent brain damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over half of traumatic brain injuries in children up to 14 years old that result in emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and death are due to falls. These children need to hold the negligent business or property owner responsible for compensation for their brain injuries so that they have the financial assistance they could need throughout their lives to pay for medical and living expenses.

Where Do Children Risk Suffering a Brain Injury in a Slip and Fall Accident?

Head injuries are caused when a child’s head hits the hard surface of a floor or the ground or the brain is shaken within the skull. Common reasons for slip and fall accidents include wet floors, debris, cracked paving and potholes, frayed carpet and damaged flooring, broken handrails, and much more. Some common places where children hurt themselves in these accidents include:

  • Friends’ and family members’ homes
  • Playgrounds
  • Summer and school camps
  • Schools
  • Daycare and other caregiver settings
  • Swimming pools
  • Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Amusement parks

What Are Symptoms of a Childhood Brain Injury?

Besides traumatic brain injury, a child can suffer other brain injuries, such as a concussion, hemorrhage, or skull fracture. Because their brains are still developing, they can suffer more devastating and long-term injuries. Some of the effects of a brain injury, such as cognitive and behavioral changes, can take years to really emerge. Symptoms to watch for include:

  • Headaches
  • Problems with concentration
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of consciousness

A child’s recovery from a head injury can be much different from an adult’s. He may be less likely to make a full recovery and could face challenges for the rest of his life in his abilities to reason, concentrate, remember tasks and appointments, and handle his emotions. He may need long-term treatment and support so that he can return to school and handle his day-to-day responsibilities. When the brain damage is serious, a child could become permanently disabled and unable to care for himself as an adult. This can put a financial strain not only on the injured child but his family as well.

Let Our Experienced Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys File Your Child’s Claim for Compensation

If your child suffered a brain injury in a slip and fall accident, he is relying on you to file his claim with the negligent party’s insurance company so that he receives the compensation he needs for his medical care, support, and pain and suffering. Let our experienced slip and fall attorneys take over the burden of filing your child’s claim and negotiating a settlement for him. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your child’s situation and legal options.



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