A fall could happen to anyone, anywhere, but you are more likely to fall if a floor or outdoor surface needs cleaning, maintenance or repair. Sadly, a common outcome of falls is a traumatic brain injury.
At The Schenck Law Firm in California, we have counseled many clients who have suffered life-changing injuries as the result of another’s negligence.
Immediate signs of a TBI
According to the Mayo Clinic, falls are the number one reason that people sustain a brain injury, with motor vehicle crashes coming in second. Immediate signs of a TBI include severe headache, unconsciousness, vomiting, clear fluids draining from the ears or nose, seizures and vertigo. Any of these symptoms indicate the need for emergency medical attention.
You could still have a serious brain injury without displaying any of these immediate and drastic symptoms. A person with a TBI may not lose consciousness, or may be unconscious so briefly that it does not register. Symptoms may then begin developing over the next few days or weeks.
For example, you may have a headache, but it seems manageable at first. As time goes on, though, the pain may worsen, and you may start noticing ringing in your ears, blurry vision, difficulty going to sleep or waking up, and an anxious feeling that you cannot shake. You may notice that you have trouble remembering things, or you cannot concentrate at your job. These are all common delayed symptoms of a TBI.
Blood vessel damage is one cause of delayed symptoms. A torn blood vessel may leak slowly and create gradual pressure against the brain as it pools within the skull. This pressure could then cause a brain injury or a secondary injury. A person may have cerebrospinal fluid build-up inside the skull that creates pressure, as well. A healing blood vessel could cause serious brain damage if the clot breaks loose instead of dissolving, blocking oxygen from the brain and causing a stroke.
Because of the potential for serious harm after a blow to the head, it is typically a good idea to seek medical attention. More information about TBIs is available on our webpage.