3 Ways Workers Could Injure Their Brain on the Job
Written & Edited By: Cecily Johnson, Legal Assistant & Public Relations Assistant Manager
Most work injuries are minor and only have a short-term effect on employment. People burn themselves, cut themselves or maybe break a bone. They need a day or a couple of weeks off of work to recover and will be as good as new with some medical intervention.
Unfortunately, some workplace injuries are so severe that they permanently end someone’s career. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the worst injuries that can occur at work. A TBI can affect someone’s cognition, personality and memory. In extreme cases, brain injuries leave people dependent on medical care for the rest of their lives. There are numerous different ways in which workers might suffer brain injuries on the job.
Falls and other sources of blunt-force trauma
Falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries in the United States. Professionals in any industry could fall, either from a significant height or after a slip.
Hitting your head when you fall can cause swelling and bleeding inside the skull, leading to worsening symptoms. Workers could suffer a similar injury if they get struck by falling equipment or an errant piece of machinery. Any kind of blunt force trauma to the head may result in a brain injury.
Sometimes, especially in industrial settings or dangerous professions, a worker might come in close contact with an explosion. Percussive force can cause significant brain injuries in just a few seconds and is among the leading causes of brain injuries among military veterans. An explosion could also cause penetrating injuries if shrapnel cut into someone, which could also lead to a traumatic brain injury.
Sometimes, it is chemical exposure or the inhalation of dangerous gases that leads to a brain injury. For damage caused by specific chemicals or by oxygen deprivation can lead to damage to the brain if the exposure is at a high enough concentration or persist for a significant amount of time.
Workers who develop a serious TBI because of an incident on the job may require medical care and long-term disability benefits. Connecting your brain injury with your work is a first step toward claiming workers’ compensation for your injuries.
Are You or a Loved One Suffering From Work-Related Brain Injury?
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