For anyone who watches broadcast television, they are likely familiar with auto accidents and the resulting injuries. However, what may not be such common knowledge is that slip-and-fall accidents result in many of the same injuries as Indialantic, Florida, auto accidents, including traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries
The term traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, refers to the injuries that your brain incurs from impacts to your head or body. This can be jolts, shakes, blows, violent jostles, etc. Any movement that is significant enough to cause your brain to impact the inside of your skull with force could cause a TBI. The injury itself could be a brain tissue tear, brain bleeding, bruising or any physical brain damage.
How do I know if I have one?
Bluntly, for TBIs, unlike other types of injuries, you may not know whether you have one. If you have damage to your head, that is a key indicator of a TBI. Otherwise, you will need to look out for TBI symptoms, rather than physical signs of injury.
TBI symptoms can be categorized as those symptoms you notice and those that others notice, even though you experience them all. For those symptoms that you notice, the one that nearly all TBI victims experience is a headache that will not go away. Other physical symptoms include nausea and vomiting, fatigue and drowsiness, dizziness and balance issues and speech issues. You can also experience light and sound sensitivity, in addition to ringing ears and blurred vision.
Other symptoms you may not notice. First, you would not likely know that you lost consciousness after a fall, which is a prime indicator of a TBI. Other symptoms include changes to your taste, smell and mood. Indeed, your personality could change with severe TBIs.
For our Indialantic, Florida, readers, the prime takeaway here is that you need medical treatment after a slip-and-fall accident. There are medical treatments for TBIs. However, unless you get medical treatment, your TBI will progress, get worse and could eventually kill you.