Head injuries are quite common in fall down accidents such as a slip and fall accident in a store or a trip and fall accident on a sidewalk. An individual might strike their head on a hard surface and suffer a traumatic brain injury.
However, in some situations, a head injury can occur even though the individual’s head does not come into contact with a surface. It is generally accepted in the medical community that severe whiplash injury can cause brain trauma. The average head weighs roughly 10 pounds. A forward quick and severe snapping motion of the neck can cause brain injury.
Diagnosing a head injury can be tricky. Most of the time, a brain injury does not appear on an MRI or CT scan. Instead, an individual with a head injury often experiences a variety of symptoms, such as:
- sensitivity to light,
- personality changes,
- memory loss (short and long term),
- word recall issues, and
- organizational/thought dysfunction.
In addition, it is important to note that the symptoms vary in intensity and duration. Also, these symptoms tend to vary across individuals. For example, individuals with high functioning jobs often report memory loss and organizational/thought dysfunction as the first symptoms after the injury. For others, headaches and sensitivity to light may be the first symptoms reported.
The key in proving that an accident caused a head injury is prompt and proper treatment. It is important to obtain prompt treatment because the longer the individual waits to obtain treatment for a head injury, the more difficult it becomes to prove that the accident caused the head injury. In serious fall down accident cases, when the individual suffers a major injury such as a broken bone, that injury takes the forefront, especially when surgery or extensive medical treatment is needed. Weeks or even months later, the individual may begin noticing headaches, sensitivity to light, etc. At this point, it is often difficult to establish that the head injury was caused by the accident. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of head trauma and obtain prompt treatment.
Proper head or brain trauma treatment is also very important. Many individuals with head injuries receive treatment from their family doctors, who in general, are simply untrained in the diagnosis and treatment of brain trauma. Often, neuropsychologists are needed to assess the extent of the symptoms and devise strategies for adapting to permanent symptoms. Learn more about head/brain injuries and slip and fall accidents.
- Tips on What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident
- Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Law – Liability of Stores & Businesses
- Slip and Fall Accidents at Work in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers
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