Slip and Falls Resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury
A lot of attention has been paid recently to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions associated with sports. New studies suggest that even mild head trauma in athletes, especially young athletes, can have lasting effects. Repeated concussions, as have been documented in NFL players, soccer players, and other athletes, can and have caused serious and permanent health problems. Your Denver personal injury attorney also points out the TBIs and concussions that frequently result from motor vehicle accidents. A car does not need to be traveling at a high rate of speed for a collision to have sufficient force to propel the body–and therefore the head–into a dashboard, window, steering wheel, etc.
TBIs and concussions resulting from participation in sports and motor vehicle accidents are not surprising; traumatic head injuries resulting from a fall in your own home may be. The truth is, however, that falls account for 28 percent of traumatic brain injuries. The age groups most at risk of sustaining a TBI due to a fall are infants to age 4; 15—24-year-olds; and seniors over 75 years old. Some common symptoms of mild to moderate TBIs include headaches, loss of balance, dizziness, and loss of depth perception. These changes in brain functioning can obviously lead to more falls and other types of accidents–especially if operating a motor vehicle; these disruptions in function are just some of the many reasons it is so important to get medical attention any time a fall results in a jolt or hit to the head. Brain trauma, particularly repeated and untreated brain trauma, increases the chance of developing Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia.
Tips on Preventing Slip and Falls
Your Denver personal injury attorney recommends the following steps be taken to help prevent falls and traumatic brain injuries resulting from them. One of the most basic ways to prevent falls is to make sure there is good lighting near indoor and outdoor stairways. Another common-sense measure is removing tripping hazards from walking areas; toys, electrical cords, and loose throw rugs can all cause falls resulting in TBIs.
A preventative measure not so readily thought of is discussing with your doctor all the medications you take in order to discern whether any side effects or interactions could be causing dizziness or balance and vision issues. In addition, discussing all previous falls and the circumstances surrounding them with your doctor can be enlightening. “Near falls” where you are caught by someone or catch yourself by grabbing onto furniture need to be included in the discussion since they implicate balance and dizziness issues as well.
Health Conditions and Fall Risks
Other health conditions can constitute fall risks. Eye and ear problems especially affect balance and can cause dizziness and nausea as well. Arthritis, breathing problems, and adrenal and thyroid issues can all affect one’s ability to walk steadily and remain standing. Of course, wearing appropriate footgear is key to preventing falls. When inside your home and not wearing shoes, wear slippers or socks with grippers. When outside, wear walking shoes or boots with nonskid soles.
If you have fallen recently and think you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury, see you, doctor. Then contact Jordan Levine at the Levine Law Firm if your injury was due to the negligence of another.