This blog contains a number of different posts detailing the many dangers inherent with ground-level falls, including the tendency of such incidents resulting in brain injuries. It is easy to assume such injuries to be those resulting from catastrophic accidents that leave one in a persistent vegetative state. Yet a TBI can be something as simple as a concussion.
As many of our past clients here at Jones | Raczkowski | Thomas can attest to, a concussion resulting from a slip-and-fall accident can require extensive (and costly) recuperative treatment. While that expectation after suffering one is that you will be able to overcome it in a few days, that may not always be the case.
One of the more underappreciated aspects of human capacity is cognition, which includes elements such as your memory, your ability to concentrate and focus on tasks, and your capability to communicate with others. Cognitive capabilities develop over time (much in the same way a muscle does). Yet as is the case with a musculoskeletal injury, a TBI can lead to long-inhibitions of the areas affected.
Indeed, according to the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, TBIs can result in long-term cognitive impairments such as:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Problems understanding and processing information
- Issues communicating ideas effectively
- Limited ability to retain information
- Difficulty organizing and planning to complete tasks
- Impaired judgment and problem-solving skills
Dealing with cognitive deficits
As damaged brain tissue does not heal or regenerate, the physical issues that contribute to cognitive issues are often permanent. While you can work to develop methods to cope with them, their effects may make completing personal and employment-related tasks difficult, thus creating a potential reliance on continued care, intervention and assistance.
You can discover more information on the effects of a slip-and-fall accident by continuing to browse through our site.