Head injuries are a common problem after slip-and-fall accidents. Even a mild concussion can make a victim feel pretty miserable for a few days, due to the associated headaches, nausea and dizziness that’s common. But what if you don’t get better in a few days? While the symptoms of most mild concussions fade away over the course of a week or so, some victims experience problems that go on and on — often for months.
If the above description sounds familiar, you may have post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome isn’t associated with the loss of consciousness or anything else that might be an obvious trigger, but it can quickly become a debilitating set of symptoms that affect your ability to work or enjoy life. Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome include:
- Head pain, especially tension-type headaches
- Dizziness and ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision and light sensitivity
- Loss of memory and problems concentrating
- Anxiety, insomnia and irritability
- Decreases in your ability to taste or smell
- Fatigue and other unusual problems
Nobody is certain why post-concussion syndrome strikes some people and not others, although older adults experience it more often than younger people. Women are also more likely to be diagnosed with it than men, but that may be simply because they’re more likely to seek medical treatment for their health concerns.
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. One minute you’re walking down the stairwell of your apartment, the next minute you’re nursing your wounds at the bottom of the landing. A frayed rug, a broken curb or spilled ice in a store can cause you to tumble and suffer a serious injury. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, find out if you have a premises liability claim.