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My sister, who is a nurse in Milwaukee, slipped on a wet floor in the hospital and hit her head. She seems all right, but how can I tell if she has a serious brain injury?

You’re smart to be concerned. Your sister may not have shown any serious symptoms at the time of the Milwaukee slip-and-fall accident, but keep an eye on her. Some symptoms may show up days or even weeks later.

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, may be mild or severe. The Mayo Clinic provides the following lists of possible symptoms for both types of injury.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild TBI, or concussion, may include the following symptoms:

  • Loss of consciousness—a few seconds to a few minutes;
  • A state of being dazed, confused, or disoriented;
  • Memory or concentration difficulty;
  • Headache;
  • Dizziness or problems with balance;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Sensory problems, such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears, or a bad taste in the mouth;
  • Light or noise sensitivity;
  • Mood changes or mood swings;
  • Fatigue or drowsiness;
  • Difficulty sleeping; and
  • Excessive sleeping.

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Moderate to severe TBI can include any of the symptoms of mild TBI, as well as the following, which may appear in a few hours to a few days after the Wisconsin slip-and-fall injury:

  • Loss of consciousness (anything from minutes to hours);
  • Extreme confusion;
  • Agitation, combativeness, or other unusual behavior;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Difficulty awakening;
  • Weakness or numbness in arms or legs;
  • Loss of coordination;
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control;
  • Constant or worsening headache;
  • Vomiting or nausea;
  • Convulsions or seizures;
  • Dilation of one or both pupils; and
  • Clear discharge from the nose or ears.

If you have been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident in Wisconsin, contact the experienced Wisconsin slip-and-fall lawyers at Hupy and Abraham. Call us locally at 414-223-4800 or toll free at 800-800-5678, or fill out our online form for a FREE consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham