If you recently fell and hurt yourself due to a slick surface, a variety of challenges are likely in front of you. Whether you are struggling with a broken arm, a hip injury or any other setback, these accidents are often debilitating and painful. However, brain injuries are especially concerning.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of fatal TBIs increased by 17% between 2008 and 2017 in 29 states. Brain trauma has the potential to disrupt your life, from memory problems to the inability to perform job duties and a negative impact on personal relationships.
The impact of hitting your head during a fall
If you hit your head, the impact of the accident is not always clear right away. Seek medical attention promptly, even if you believe you are fine. Sometimes, brain injuries take weeks or even months to become apparent. A torn blood vessel may cause bleeding inside the skull that gradually pools and creates damaging pressure on the brain. Bruising and swelling may also occur over time. The full impact of a brain injury is not always clear until later.
The legal options available to slip-and-fall victims
If another person’s carelessness caused you to fall down and sustain brain trauma or any other hardship, looking into your legal options is important. Some victims are able to hold negligent business owners and property owners accountable for an accident by filing a lawsuit. You need to review every detail of the accident beforehand and carefully prepare for court if you decide to take legal action.