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Common signs of traumatic brain injury after a fall

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Slip and fall

Slips and falls happen all the time, but don’t be in a hurry to pick yourself up and carry on with your day – especially if you bump your head. That knock to your skull could actually leave you with a serious concussion.

Concussions are often brushed off as “minor” injuries, but they’re anything but. A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and can be very serious.

How do you tell if you have a concussion?

Symptoms of a concussion can sometimes be immediately apparent, but they can also creep up gradually in the hours following the actual injury. Symptoms include:

  • Headache: Persistent or severe headaches are a key indicator of a possible concussion.
  • Nausea or vomiting: Feeling nauseous or vomiting after a fall may suggest a head injury.
  • Confusion or disorientation: Difficulty concentrating, memory loss and general confusion are common cognitive symptoms of TBIs.
  • Balance issues: Dizziness, unsteady walking or difficulty maintaining balance can be indicative of a concussion.
  • Mood changes: Sudden mood swings, irritability or increased emotional sensitivity may be signs of a concussion.

Aside from the immediate consequences of a concussion, which may require significant time off work so you can recover, you also run the risk of long-term complications, including memory loss, personality changes and cognitive decline. That makes it critically important to have good medical care after any head injury. 

If you suffered a head injury in a fall because a property owner was negligent, you have a right to fair compensation for your losses. Learning more about your legal options can help.