Maybe your slip-and-fall accident happened something like this: You were pushing one child in a baby carriage, while your 4-year-old was crying for you to buy a box of Tic Tacs. Next, your cellphone rings, but just as your say, "Hello," you slip on a wet piece of flooring and knock your head.
Lying on the ground, you barely remember what happened. All you know is you have a pounding headache, and you're not thinking too clearly. You suffered a severe concussion, but it will be another hour before you find that out at the hospital.
A concussion? What's that?
Concussions usually happen after a direct blow to the head, and it's the most common form of traumatic brain injury. Technically a concussion occurs when blunt force or trauma stretches or tears the blood vessels inside the brain. This can lead to cranial nerve damage.
Concussion victims sometimes lose consciousness, or the stay conscious and feel dizzy. Sometimes a concussion is visible in a CAT scan, but often it's not. That said, even if it's not visible in a CAT scan, the damage could be severe, and in some cases permanent.
Memory loss, fatigue, depression, irritability, loss of focus and variety of other symptoms could present themselves following a concussion. It's important to take note of these symptoms and talk to your doctor about them.
The financial consequences of your injury
Modern mothers are juggling a lot. Between dropping your children off at school, going to work to earn a living, and making sure your kids brushed their teeth and washed behind their ears, it's a miracle you have time to breathe.
Now that you're dealing with a concussion, though, you need bed rest. Your doctor says it could take a few months for your brain injury to heal, and to support your recovery, you need three weeks off from work.
Between the doctors' bills, rehab and medication, you have a lot of financial costs to deal with. On top of that, three weeks off work is a lot of lost income. Is there a way you can recover these financial losses?
The mall could be financially liable for your injury
Pennsylvania business owners, property owners and property managers have a duty to keep their premises free of unreasonable dangers. If you were on someone else's property and suffered a slip-and-fall injury because property owner neglected to keep it safe, you may be able to pursue financial damages in court. By speaking with a personal injury lawyer, plaintiffs can evaluate the viability of their potential claims.