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Nursing home falls can lead to traumatic brain injuries

When you suffer from an injury, it can be difficult to adjust. One of the most significant injuries to recover from is a traumatic brain injury. This kind of brain injury can happen in many ways, but generally speaking, the injury is a result of a blow to the head. Sometimes, objects penetrate the skull. This results in a traumatic brain injury as well.

What's interesting about traumatic brain injuries is that a mild injury may only affect you for a short time. As the injury becomes more severe, the likelihood of recovering is much lower.

How do traumatic brain injuries happen in a nursing home?

The most likely scenario is that an elder would fall and hit their head on the ground or a nearby object. For example, if a nursing home resident calls for help but no one comes, they may try to get out of bed on their own. If they are not strong enough to do so or are not stable enough to walk, they could fall and hit their head on the ground, a table, their bed or other objects.

What are the physical symptoms of a brain injury?

Some of the physical symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Nausea
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

What should you do if a loved one falls in a nursing home?

Nursing home falls are serious and should be investigated. If your loved one is injured, they should receive medical care right away while you speak with the staff and nursing home director about the incident. You may want to get your attorney involved.

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