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How to monitor yourself for the sneaky symptoms of a brain injury
If you fall, get into some kind of vehicle collision or get struck on the head during your workday, the potential exists for you to develop a brain injury that could have lasting implications. Brain injuries are among the worst potential injuries someone can suffer on the job.
If you suspect that you suffered a brain injury because of a workplace incident, you may need workers’ compensation benefits for both your medical care and your lost wages while you recover.
How do you identify a potential brain injury?
Sometimes, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is obvious right after someone gets hurt. They may suffer from a headache that just won’t go away or experience symptoms like dizziness and nausea that make it clear that they need medical attention sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, many brain injuries don’t present symptoms immediately after an injury. The best way to protect yourself if there is any potential for injury to your brain is to report the accident to your employer when it happens and then monitor yourself for symptoms in the days that follow (even if you don’t think you need to see a doctor right away).
Brain injuries can produce a wide range of symptoms
Given that your brain regulates everything from your perception of pain to your internal temperature, it absolutely makes sense that brain injuries can produce symptoms ranging from memory issues or problems with balance to issues with falling asleep at night and changes in mood or personality.
Some common symptoms that people will experience after a brain injury include sensory symptoms like ringing ears or blurry vision. Other people will experience a shift in their overall mood or personality. Some people will have motor issues, ranging from problems with balance to issues with feeling slower or weaker than normal.
Brain injuries can alter your life and employability, so the sooner you take action, the better your chances of protecting yourself if you hurt your brain while working.