At Jones | Raczkowski PC in Arizona, our legal team understands how easy it is for a person to fall. In fact, you are at risk of a fall everywhere you go. But you are much more likely to fall if a property owner does not maintain floors and keep them free of debris, slippery substances and clutter.
According to the Mayo Clinic, falls cause more traumatic brain injuries than any other type of accident.
Did you sustain a TBI?
This question is not as easy to answer as you may think. Consider the following facts:
- Not every blow to the head causes the brain to dysfunction.
- You could lose consciousness without knowing it.
- The brain may sustain damage without a blow to the head because a sufficiently forceful movement could cause the brain to bounce against the inside of the skull.
- Symptoms of brain injuries may be delayed for days, weeks or even years.
With this in mind, here are some changes you may experience, immediately or over time, that could indicate a TBI:
- Headache that gets worse instead of better
- Vertigo and difficulty with balance
- Sleep issues
- Mood swings
- Concentration problems
- Memory loss
What are TBI complications?
In addition to the initial damage to brain cells, nerves and tissues, you may suffer complications from the injury. Seizures may be a problem at first, or they may continue for years. Some people suffer secondary injuries from pressure created when cerebrospinal fluid builds up between the brain and the skull. Other secondary injuries include stroke and blood clots from torn blood vessels in the brain.
After a fall, do not assume you are fine. Continue to watch for problems associated with TBI in the months following the accident, and do not hesitate to seek medical attention.
More information about fall accidents and TBI is available on our webpage.