Head and brain injuries are unfortunately all too common on construction sites, in warehouses and mines, and other industrial workplaces. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most workers who suffer head injuries on the job failed to wear protective head gear. And so, very preventable accidents can result in lifelong health problems.
All protective head gear is not created equal, and employers must take care to provide protective equipment that is of a high quality and appropriate to the particular industry in which it is going to be used. Protective hats should resist penetration, absorb physical shock, and prevent electrical shock.
However, protective hats and head gear alone can not prevent serious accidents from occurring. In conjunction with proper engineering, administrative, and work practice controls, head and brain injuries can be kept to a minimum.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Strong impact to the head can lead to a range of injuries to the brain. Traumatic brain injury occurs when forceful impact to the head results in serious injury to the brain. Traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe, and can even result in death.
Signs of mild TBI include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Feeling dazed, confused, and disoriented
- Problems remembering and concentrating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Mood changes, depression, and anxiety
- Sleep changes
Signs of moderate to severe TBI include:
- Long periods of unconsciousness
- Slurred speech
- Clear fluids draining from the nose and ears
- Loss of coordination
- Severe/persistent headaches
- Weakness/numbness in fingers and toes
- Vision changes
The Industrial Injury Attorneys at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP Can Help
Traumatic brain injuries can require serious, long-term medical attention and treatment. If you have suffered an injury on the job, the representation of an industrial injury attorney can ensure that you receive the most complete compensation possible. This will enable you to take care of yourself and your family while dealing with your injury. Contact us today for a free consultation.