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Did I get a concussion from my slip-and-fall accident?

| Mar 27, 2020 | Premises Liability |

If you hit your head when you fell and have not felt well since then, a concussion is possible. This is a serious condition that requires medical attention. If you suspect you have a concussion, ask someone to accompany you to the doctor. 

Mayo Clinic explains that a concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury, which may affect your brain’s ability to function correctly. This is why you need someone to accompany you to the doctor, as you may lose consciousness or become disoriented. 

What are the symptoms? 

Again, if you suspect you have a concussion, do not attempt to self-diagnose or self-treat. See a doctor. However, these are some of the most common symptoms you might experience: 

  • Amnesia regarding the events that led up to or followed the fall 
  • Confusion or dizziness 
  • Drowsiness or fatigue 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Blurred or blurry vision 
  • Slurred speech 

What happens if it goes untreated? 

If you hit your head, you naturally expect some pain or confusion, which may cause you to overlook the possibility of a serious injury. You might also not have immediate symptoms. If left untreated, however, symptoms might develop over the next few days. 

Some people begin to suffer from an inability to concentrate. They may also find themselves suffering from disorders related to smell and taste, which can affect appetite. Sleep disturbances, personality changes and general irritability are also fairly common. 

If you have suffered a slip-and-fall accident and the property manager recommends medical attention, sometimes it is worth considering. Catching an injury at the onset may help to protect your health, while also providing thorough documentation should you ever need to make a premises liability claim.