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Traumatic Brain Injury: Common Workplace Injury?

Whether you work in an office building or a warehouse, you may be at risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while at work. This common type of workplace injury can occur in any industry. In fact, brain injuries are involved in more than 30 percent of injury deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This equates to 153 people who lose their lives daily due to traumatic brain injuries.

Brain injuries occur when a sudden impact to the head causes the brain to hit up against the hard, bony skull, causing inflammation, bruising and bleeding of the soft tissue. In some cases, you may not know you have a brain injury until days or weeks after the incident occurred. Some symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, headaches and muscle weakness, may mask themselves as another illness. However, there may be long-term consequences involved if you have a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the area of the brain that was injured and the severity of the impact, you may experience memory loss, decreased sensory abilities, cognitive issues, seizures, trouble sleeping, mood changes, depression, and other physical limitations.

The CDC reports that falls are the leading cause of brain injury-related ER visits, deaths and hospitalizations. Being struck by a falling object makes up the second leading cause of TBI injuries and deaths. If an incident occurs at work, it is important to report it immediately so that you can receive proper treatment that will increase your chances of recovery.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.