Slip-and-fall incidents can happen to anyone, anywhere: shopping malls, grocery stores, at work, on stairs and more. These types of accidents may lead to serious health repercussions or even death, especially if you sustain a traumatic brain injury.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five falls results in serious conditions such as a head injury.
Hitting your head
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is usually caused by an external physical force jolting or striking your head. If you fall, you might hit your head on a hard surface. The force of this impact on your skull is almost guaranteed to cause some sort of trauma to your brain. Your brain forcefully bouncing around in your skull can also cause hemorrhaging, bruising and even bone fractures.
A closed head injury occurs when your head strikes an object and you experience damage to your brain and skull. A penetrating brain injury results from an object cracking your skull and entering an area of your brain.
Delayed or undetectable symptoms
Sometimes after a slip and fall, you might not show any outward symptoms of brain injury. Because of this, your medical provider may not give a correct initial diagnosis. As time passes, you might develop new or worsening symptoms. Common symptoms of TBI to recognize include headaches, confusion, problems with sleep and more.
After a fall you might not think to seek immediate medical attention, however, a thorough assessment of your condition may save you from future brain injury complications.