While they may not initially seem like major personal injury events, slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious harm for victims. If you were walking through a New Mexico store, on a sidewalk or in another public place and you fell, you know how these types of accidents can change your life. In addition to the embarrassment you felt, you could also find yourself dealing with a range of injuries that could cause you long-term suffering.
When you fell, your head may have struck the ground or another object with a significant amount of force. The extent of head injuries is not always immediately apparent, and you may not realize until days or weeks after your fall how serious the head injury may be. It is beneficial to seek medical care and support after any type of fall or blow to the head.
Signs of a possible head injury
The extent and potential impact of your head injury depends on many different factors, including the force of the impact, the location of the impact, your health at the time of your accident and more. The damage caused by your head injury may not be immediately apparent, and you could experience new and changing symptoms over the following weeks. Signs that you could have a brain injury after a slip-and-fall accident include:
- You experience frequent headaches that last a long time.
- There is a change in your behavior, your speech or your sleep patterns.
- You are having difficulty controlling and managing your moods and reactions.
- You are struggling with memory and routine functions of your life.
- You are having trouble doing your job.
- These are all signs that your head injury could be worse than you initially thought. If you are experiencing these things after a fall, it is critical to seek immediate medical care. Continued medical support is important after suffering from a blow to the head as the true nature of these injuries is not always obvious right after the accident.
Who is responsible?
If your slip-and-fall accident took place on public or private property, you could have grounds to pursue compensation from the liable party. You may have a valid premises liability claim, an option that would allow you to seek recovery of your losses, as well as compensation for non-economic losses you experienced. A head injury from a fall could leave you in need of ongoing medical support for weeks or months.