Head and Brain Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 1.4 million people suffer brain injuries every year in the United States. Many of these injuries occur at work. Workplace injuries to the head and brain can cause traumatic, long-term health problems and disabilities requiring intensive medical treatment and/or rehabilitative care.
Head and brain injuries range from mild to moderate and severe. Symptoms vary depending on the extent of the damage to the head. More severe symptoms occur with head injuries that bruise or tear brain tissue. The most serious types of brain injuries lead to permanent complications or even death.
Types of Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries are generally classified as open or closed. With open head injuries, there is physical damage to the scalp, skull, or brain. These are obvious, open and bleeding wounds caused by impact or penetration with an object. Closed head wounds are not outwardly visible, but can be just as devasting, as the delicate brain tissue is torn or damaged by contact with the skull.
Causes of Workplace Head and Brain Injuries
Head and brain injuries can occur in any profession. Something as simple as a slip and fall accident can lead an unsuspecting worker to hit their head on the ground and experience severe, life-changing brain damage. Events that can cause head and brain injuries include:
- Blasts and explosions: Explosions caused by combustible chemicals can be enough to force workers against the ground or walls.
- Defective tools and equipment: Unsafe or malfunctioning tools and machinery are unpredictable, causing pieces and parts to dislodge and become airborne.
- Impact with an object: On construction sites, farms, and factories, heavy tools or machinery can strike employees in the head.
- Motor vehicle accidents: Workers who travel to various locations or operate cars, vans, and trucks every day are at risk of a work-related crash.
- Slip and fall accidents: Loose or uneven carpeting and flooring, wet or slippery surfaces, and poor lighting increases the likelihood of falls at work.
Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms
Brain injury symptoms vary in scope and severity depending on how the accident occurred and how much damage the head and brain suffered. Signs of a head or brain injury include:
- Agitation or confusion
- Brief or prolonged loss of consciousness
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilated pupils
- Fatigue and sleeping longer than usual
- Loss of coordination
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Numbness or weakness in the fingers and/or toes
- Obvious trauma to the head
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Slurred speech
Concussions and other closed head injuries are not always easy to detect. That is why it is important to always seek medical care after a significant fall or impact to the head. Left untreated, head and brain injuries can worsen over time and lead to more severe mental, physical, and emotional complications.
After reporting a head or brain injury to your employer as soon as possible, injured employees should meet with a trusted Vineland Workers’ Compensation lawyer to discuss their claim for benefits after a job accident. Workers’ Compensation benefits in New Jersey are an invaluable resource to help ill or injured individuals cover the costs of medical care and lost income while they recover from a head or brain injury. In cases, where a worker becomes temporary or permanently disabled on the job, benefits are issued based on the extent of their disability, if they can work in some capacity, and if not, how long they are unable to work.
Vineland Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Represent Injured Workers
A head or brain injury can be both emotionally and physically devastating. It can change the way you live your life and hold you back from doing all the things you enjoy. Let the Vineland Workers’ Compensation lawyers at DiTomaso Law handle your claim so you can focus on your recovery. Call us at 856-414-0010 or contact us online for a free consultation today. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Mt. Holly, Camden County, and Vineland.