Most people think of slip and fall incidents as relatively minor inconveniences. However, the reality is that a slip and fall accident can lead to severe injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. Here, we want to discuss various types of traumatic brain injuries that can occur as a result of a slip and fall incident as well as steps that you can take to to help prevent slip and fall head injuries in Montana.

Slip and Falls are a Leading Cause of TBIs

Did you know that slip and fall incidents account for more than 1 million emergency room visits each year across the country, according to the National Floor Safety Institute?

Slip and fall incidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries each year. Even though slip and fall incidents can cause brain injuries for those at any age, elderly citizens are more at risk of sustaining TBIs than others when a slip and fall incident occurs. Those who work in restaurants, retail grocery settings, or similar environments also face increased risks when it comes to slip and fall head injuries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a traumatic brain injury can be caused by a “bump, blow, or jolt to the head,” which is certainly likely to occur as a result of a slip and fall incident.

Individuals who slip and fall and hit their heads as a result of the incident need to seek medical care immediately. Slip and fall victims often hit their heads on the floor or other objects such as shelves, poles, or a wall. 

Those who sustained slip and fall head injuries can suffer from various types of short- or long-term effects, including:

  • Impaired memory or thinking
  • Impaired movement
  • Impaired vision or hearing
  • Various types of emotional changes, including depression and personality changes

TBI & Slip & Fall Accident Prevention Tips

There are various ways to prevent slip and fall incidents. By preventing slip and fall accidents that occur, you will be taking steps towards preventing serious traumatic brain injuries.

Some of the main steps that property owners need to take to prevent slip and fall injuries include:

  • Cleaning all spills immediately
  • Properly marking wet areas or spills with hazard signs
  • Sweeping debris from the floors
  • Securing any wires on the floor with tape or coverages of some type
  • Keeping all areas well lit so individuals can see obstacles
  • Replacing loose carpeting or floor mats

Employers and property owners also play a role in preventing slip and fall injuries. It is crucial for every employer to ensure that their employees have a safe operating environment. This includes making sure that all pathways are clear and that employees are trained to recognize and handle potential slip and fall hazards that arise. Not only does this help ensure the safety of guests and patrons on the premises, but also the safety of every employee at the site.

Finally, we want to mention slip and fall safety during the winter in Montana. As winter weather sets in, snow and ice will begin to accumulate. This increases slip and fall risks. If you have to venture out in the snow or ice, you must remain vigilant and be wary of any surfaces that could lead to a slip and fall incident. Take extra precautions, and consider purchasing slip-resistant shoes.