If you are an old movie buff or enjoy watching reruns of old black-and-white TV comedies, you know how people used to laugh at slapstick comedy wherein a woebegone “hero” took numerous pratfalls to the glee of bystanders. Some people still enjoy this type of humor, but if you are the victim of a Tennessee slip-and-fall accident, you also know that these falls are nothing to laugh at. You can be seriously hurt, and one of the most fearsome injuries you may receive is a traumatic brain injury, a head injury that causes your brain to malfunction.
Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, and children and the elderly are especially susceptible to them. Whatever age you are, however, any head injury you receive, including a seemingly minor one, requires immediate medical attention. It takes a highly trained health care provider to assess your injury, order and analyze the proper tests, and arrive at a diagnosis as quickly as possible. If you did suffer a TBI during your slip and fall, its consequences could be catastrophic. The sooner you begin treatment and therapy, the more chance you have of minimizing the TBI’s effects. Without it, you could face a lifetime of disability and extraordinary costs.
TBIs range from mild to severe and their symptoms do likewise. In addition, depending on exactly which part of your brain you injured and the severity of that injury, your symptoms could be quite diverse and may not even appear until days or weeks after your fall. Nevertheless, some of the most common TBI symptoms include the following:
- Headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision and/or ringing in your ears
- Speech slurring or your inability to say the right word at the right time
- Problems with your ability to concentrate or remember
- Confusion or a feeling of unreality
- Convulsions or seizures
You or your family members may also notice that your moods are different than they were prior to your fall. If your moods seem to swing back and forth between highs and lows, or if you find yourself feeling unusually anxious, depressed or hostile, see your doctor as soon as possible, even if (s)he gave you an original clean bill of health. You may well need further TBI testing and assessment.