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Concussion on the job leads to man being fired

Workplace injuries can have a wide variety of effects on your life. You may be hurt and wind up missing a few days while you recover. More severe injuries may demand a trip to the hospital, surgery and rehabilitative therapy, requiring months off work before you are finally well enough to return.

And some injuries may leave you out of work permanently. One man who worked as a security officer at a school in an Iowa city was recently fired because he could not return to work. He had suffered two concussions from altercations with students and now is dealing with the consequences of these brain injuries. While you may not associate a concussion as being likely in a job like his, any job that has contact with unpredictable people carries a risk of this type of injury.

He suffers from numerous complications from the concussions, his speech and balance have been affected, he has blinding cluster migraines and his wife says he has difficulty finding his words and experiences short-term memory issues.

While concussions are often discussed in relation to sports injuries, anytime you strike your head, whether in a vehicle crash, in falls where your head strikes the ground or another object or when some equipment hits your head, a concussion is likely.

Sometimes it may seem minor, but as this man demonstrates, concussions can result in brain injuries that may end your career and change your life. This is why when you suffer any injury at work, you must report it and seek medical attention. This ensures a documented record is created and reduces the chances your workers' comp claim could be denied as not being work related.

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