Many people don’t view a slip-and-fall accident as serious. However, this is not always the case.
In fact, if you slip, trip, and fall, and you strike your head on the ground or an object, there is a real possibility that you will suffer a serious TBI (traumatic brain injury). In fact, falls are the leading cause of brain injuries, with children and the elderly being most at risk.
Why would a fall cause a brain injury?
When you fall, you may hit your head. This type of trauma can cause your brain to hit your skull.
Your brain is extremely delicate, and even a seemingly small fall can cause damage to the soft tissue or rupture blood vessels. If you fall on something sharp, it may penetrate through your skull, causing damage to the brain.
Even if you don’t feel like you were injured after a fall, you should seek medical attention. Brain injuries may take time to show symptoms.
When you do start experiencing symptoms, some of the things you may notice include the following:
- Slurred speech
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Constant headaches
If you experience these symptoms after hitting your head, you need to get to the emergency room.
TBI treatment and recovery
If you experience a TBI, the recovery can be long and painful. The treatment you must undergo depends on how your brain is damaged. Sometimes, you will need specialized care. Even after going through the treatment plan and recovery, the injury may persist and affect you for the rest of your life.
You have rights if you experience a TBI after a slip and fall
If you developed a TBI after slipping and falling on someone else’s property, you might be able to hold the negligent person or party accountable. It is best to determine what legal rights you have to receive the compensation you are entitled to. Since this type of injury can impact you for years, make sure you know the true value of your claim before accepting a settlement.