Going to a bingo hall is a great way to socialize with friends and family and make new friends while you enjoy a spirited game of bingo. This is a game with simple rules, which means people of all ages can join in the fun. Though bingo is often associated with the elderly, that’s not the reality when you look at the types of people gathered at a bingo hall. Some of these halls are spaces rented out from houses of worship, community centers, bars, and restaurants. Others are commercial premises that are specifically labeled as bingo halls, which offer a variety of games, drinks, and snacks for their patrons.
No matter where you go to play bingo, it’s important that the facilities are clean and free of issues that can lead to an accident. Trip and falls are a common source of injury at bingo halls, which are caused by a variety of hazards, including garbage on the floor, uneven flooring, wires and cords, curled up edges on mats, displays with protruding edges, and poor lighting.
These incidents may not seem like a big deal, but fall-related accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. In fact, over half of the hospitalizations for brain injury are due to the patient falling down unexpectedly. Such accidents can affect brain development in a child and leave adults with numerous health conditions that require lifelong care.
If you or your loved one ended up with a brain injury from tripping over something at a bingo hall, it’s important to explore your legal options, which may include a compensation claim against the bingo hall owner. For a free consultation with a brain injury from a trip and fall lawsuit attorney, contact us today.
Different Types of Brain Injury from a Trip and Fall
Brain injuries, commonly referred to as traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are usually the result of significant impact to the head, like the type you would experience in a physical assault, car accident, or trip and fall accident. It can also happen under natural circumstances, where the brain is damaged over a long period of time. Either way, the resulting injury to the brain changes the way it normally functions on a temporary or permanent basis.
There are several variations of brain injuries you can sustain when there is blunt force trauma to the head. These conditions may not be obvious for days or weeks, and it’s easy to convince yourself that you are perfectly fine in the meantime. But waiting on medical treatment can put you at risk of irreversible brain damage. That’s why it’s essential to go to the hospital or emergency room, where a doctor can examine you for signs of:
How Long is the Process to Recover from a Brain Injury?
- Concussion, which is a mild brain injury that can cause temporary loss of consciousness and memory loss.
- Contusion, or bruising of the brain due to a heavy blow or other forms of sudden impact.
- Hematoma, i.e., a blood clot that develops in the brain when a blood vessel ruptures. Based on their location in the brain, a patient can be diagnosed with an epidural hematoma, intracerebral hematoma, or subdural hematoma. These injuries can cause speech problems, vision and hearing loss, seizures, and issues with balance and coordination.
- Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage (tSAH), in which blood spreads over the surface of the brain and results in complications like vision change, seizures, loss of function and drastic mood swings.
- Diffuse axonal injury (DAI), a condition resulting from the brain being jostled back and forth. This damages the nerve axions, which can cause permanent damage via swelling of the brain and deterioration of brain cells.
The answer to this question depends on the severity of your injury, as there are 3 categories of TBI: mild, moderate, and severe. Those with mild cases of brain injury will probably recover within a week or two, though some cases may take up to several months. The key is to follow your doctor’s recommendations and not rush the process, which can worsen your injury.
For a more serious injury to the brain, it can take much longer for the patient to feel like they’re on the track to recovery. But it’s important to note that full recovery may not be possible, especially if the patient loses consciousness for over 24 hours. This normally indicates bleeding or swelling of the brain for a prolonged amount of time, which can seriously compromise one’s health in many ways.
Some patients will start to feel normal after a few months, but for others, it can take years before there is noticeable improvement. In the worst cases, there may be permanent health issues, like memory loss, motor coordination problems, seizures, and speech, hearing, or vision loss.
Can I Sue the Bingo Hall for a Brain Injury?
If you tripped and fell at a bingo hall due to a dangerous condition on the premises, you generally have the right to file a lawsuit against the business owner. This is true even if the owner is not responsible for the cause of the accident. For example, much of the cleaning and maintenance at a bingo hall is done by the employees. And they may not be so careful in how they take care of issues like debris on the floor, securing wires and cords, and making sure there’s adequate lighting in hallways and corridors. These are all hazards that can cause people to fall down. But owners / employers can still be sued for negligence by employees under the concept of vicarious liability.
Discussing the merits of your case and who is liable for your injuries is crucial if you are to succeed in a trip and fall injury claim. Sometimes, liability for an accident may be shared by multiple entities. This can happen when special events are being hosted at a bingo hall and there is a third party company that’s in charge of the event. In that case, you may have grounds to sue the other company, and perhaps the bingo hall owners as well, for the harm you’ve suffered.
There’s no denying that figuring out who is responsible for a traumatic brain injury is a complicated process, but rest assured that we are here for you every step of the way. To receive guidance from a trip and fall lawsuit attorney, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
How Much can I Expect to Receive from a Trip and Fall Lawsuit?
The amount of damages you can receive from a trip and fall lawsuit depends on many issues that are specific to your own circumstances. However, it’s safe to say that the type and degree of injury is the most important factor. With that in mind, the devastating impact of brain damage is usually associated with high case values. Six to 7 figure payouts are typical for these lawsuits, probably within the range of $150,000 to $3,500,000. However, you should not rely on estimates to determine how much you can obtain from a brain injury accident claim. Instead, contact our office to discuss your case value with one of our attorneys.
How Long is the Settlement Process for a Brain Injury Case?
If a case involves relatively minor injuries, a settlement may be achieved within a matter of weeks. Unfortunately, most cases of traumatic brain injury do not fall into the category of “minor injury.” This is just one of many complications that can add to the amount of time it takes to reach a settlement. In all honesty, it can take anywhere from a few months to over 2 years before you receive compensation from a trip and fall lawsuit involving injury to the brain. This is due to a number of factors, including cooperation by the defendant’s insurance company and whether we can negotiate a compensation award without intervention from the court.
What is the Time Limit to File a Lawsuit?
If you are interested in seeking compensation for a trip and fall accident, you have 2 years from the date of injury to file a legal action. For most people, the date on which they had the accident is when the statute of limitations begins. But injuries resulting from head trauma can take time to develop, which means that you may not receive an official diagnosis of TBI for quite some time. For these situations, the statute of limitations can start on the date of discovery. However, it’s best to contact an experienced fall accident injury lawyer and verify the amount of time you have for a lawsuit.
Contact DTLA Law Group
Our attorneys are here for you, whether you suffered a recent injury or you have an accident claim that you need to discuss with another legal expert. We know how stressful it can be to deal with a life-altering injury and know that someone else is at fault for your accident. Our job is to go after the negligent business owner and ensure that you receive justice in the form of monetary compensation.
As a bingo hall accident injury victim, you pay absolutely nothing when you hire the attorneys of DTLA Law Group. We work on contingency and wait to receive payment at the end of your case. Under the Zero Fee Guarantee, we only get paid if you get paid, so there’s no need to worry about legal fees if we don’t win your case.
We look forward to speaking with you during a free case review or free second opinion. To explore your rights and legal options with a traumatic brain injury lawyer, please contact our law firm.