After suffering a severe blow to the head, a New Mexico victim may struggle with memory, cognition and other functions of daily life. This is possible regardless of how the injury happened as the severity of head injuries depends on factors that include the force of impact, location of the injury and more. A blow to the head resulting in a traumatic brain injury is possible after slip-and-fall accidents or trip-and-fall accidents.
If you hit your head after slipping or tripping, you may be under the impression that your injuries are the result of your own inattentiveness or mistake. In reality, your injuries may be the result of factors you cannot control, including unmarked hazards. Depending on where the accident occurred and other details of your situation, you may have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim.
Dangerous property conditions
There are different types of property conditions that could lead to an increased chance of suffering from a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident. A property owner bears the responsibility of ensuring there are no potential hazards that could result in an injury to a visitor of the property. Common conditions that may lead to slips or trips include:
- Loose carpeting or unsecured floor mats
- Oil or grease on the floor
- Any type of cords across walkways
- Poor lighting
- Debris or clutter
- Standing water on the ground
- Uneven surfaces
After a fall, a careful look at the ground and area around you may give you a reasonable idea as to what factors played a role in what happened to you. A careful assessment of the circumstances of your accident may allow you to understand if the property owner, manager or other party is responsible for the accident that left you with a head injury.
Do you have grounds for a claim?
Not every trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident is grounds for a lawsuit. However, if the property owner should have known about the conditions that contributed to your accident, addressed the problem or clearly marked the hazard, you may have grounds for a civil claim.
A premises liability claim provides you the opportunity to seek the full and fair recovery you deserve after suffering from a head injury. An assessment of your case can help you understand the specific legal options available to you and provide an understanding of how you can fight for what you need to get better and move forward after a head injury.