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Can you sustain a TBI in a slip-and-fall accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2024 | Brain Injury

Most people often associate slip-and-fall accidents with minor bumps and bruises. However, the reality is that these seemingly innocuous incidents can result in far more serious consequences, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

In fact, falls are a leading cause of TBIs in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Exploring the connection between slip-and-fall accidents and TBIs can help you identify potential symptoms and help to ensure that you know what to do if you suspect a TBI after a fall.

Why slip-and-falls can lead to TBIs

TBIs occur when a bump, blow or jolt to the head disrupts the brain’s normal function. This disruption can happen in several ways during a fall:

  • Impact on the ground: A forceful impact on the ground during a fall can cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull, leading to bruising, bleeding or tearing of brain tissue.
  • Rapid movement of the head: Even without a direct blow to the head, the sudden and forceful movement of the head during a fall can cause the brain to twist or shear inside the skull, resulting in a TBI.

These mechanisms can occur from falls of any height, but the severity of the TBI often depends on the force of the impact and the person’s age and overall health.

The symptoms of a TBI after a fall can vary depending on the severity of the injury. A common sign to watch for is loss of consciousness. Even a brief period of unconsciousness following a fall can indicate a TBI. Difficulty thinking clearly, remembering events or following instructions can also be a symptom of a TBI.

Slip-and-fall accidents may seem like minor mishaps, but they can result in serious consequences, including TBIs. Should you ever sustain injuries of any kind from a slip-and-fall accident at a public establishment, you can consider seeking legal guidance to determine if you qualify for compensation.