People often think of falls from heights, such as falling off of a ladder, as the real danger. While these falls are dangerous, it’s important to remember that even a simple slip-and-fall incident on the same level can lead to serious injuries. You do not have to be at any substantial height. Even slipping on a wet tile floor in a local store can be enough to cause a significant head injury.
The most common TBI, or traumatic brain injury, is a concussion. For instance, if you slip and fall backward, striking your head on the tile floor as you go down, your skull’s job is to protect your brain. It may do so, preventing an open injury, but the brain can still get jarred against the inside of the skull. This is what leads to a concussion, and you could lose consciousness, have no memory of the incident or need extensive medical care.
A serious fall can even go beyond a concussion. You may experience things like:
- Skull fractures
- Neck injuries
- Bleeding in the brain
- Bleeding in the tissue around the brain
The risk of this type of bleeding, even with a closed injury, is that it puts extra pressure on the brain. Unchecked bleeding can damage or kill brain tissue. This is why you may feel all right after the fall and then have very serious or potentially fatal symptoms in the days or weeks to come.
If you do suffer from this type of head injury, be sure you know how to seek compensation from the negligent property owner.