Slip and fall injuries are among the most common yet serious injuries for victims to endure. Among the most severe are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The brain is a very sensitive organ, so identifying symptoms is vital. Early treatment has the best chance to alleviate the worst of any long-term effects, so seek treatment for potential cases of TBI as soon as possible.
Those who have suffered a recent slip and fall should be aware of the following TBI symptoms.
Symptoms of TBI
TBI symptoms typically fall into four categories. Each category could manifest in various ways:
- Thinking/remembering: Symptoms include an inability to think clearly, feeling slow, difficulty concentrating, or finding it hard to retain new information.
- Physical: Signs can include constant headaches, blurry vision, nausea, dizziness, vertigo, high sensitivity to light, and having little to no energy.
- Emotional/Mood: Those suffering TBI might experience severe mood swings, uncharacteristic irritability, feelings of depression, or increased anxiety.
- Sleep: TBI may also cause excessive sleeping, difficulty falling asleep or even mild insomnia.
Signs may appear later
Keep in mind that many of these symptoms may not show for days or weeks after sustaining an injury. This can often lead to a misdiagnosis or cause victims to undermine the danger. Untreated symptoms may escalate to include seizures, migraines, visual impairment or even behavioral disabilities.
Those experiencing any of the above symptoms should get medical help as soon as possible.
Identify liability and take legal action
The brain is fragile, so treating complications often requires medical specialization. This could result in extended hospital stays or prescription medicine — relatively costly treatments to individuals. Those who believe their TBI may have resulted from a slip and fall injury for which they are not liable should seek legal counsel from a local personal injury attorney. Victims may get compensation from negligent parties if TBI causes them to miss work, get expensive treatments and endure pain and suffering.