Head & Brain Injuries
Potential Danger of Head Injuries
Regardless of the industry or profession, head and brain injuries are a potential danger. That's because slips, falls, vehicle accidents, and falling objects can occur at just about any workplace. And of all the injuries that can happen on the job, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has the most potential to become a life-changing event. Ongoing headaches, dizziness, seizures, speech and reasoning difficulties, personality changes, and emotional instability can all result from brain trauma. Tragically, many serious head injuries can also lead to paralysis and death.
Types of Brain Injuries
One of the most common forms of head injury is a concussion. A concussion occurs from a sudden blow to the head, which causes the brain to collide with the inside of the skull and harms the brain's delicate tissue. Depending on the severity, recovery from a concussion may be quick and uncomplicated, or it could produce long-lasting symptoms and complications.
In some instances, blows to the head lead to hematomas. A hematoma is a localized pooling of blood that occurs within the brain or between the brain and the skull. Hematomas are extremely dangerous because they can expand and compress tissue, leading to serious brain damage or even death.
Contusions are another common, yet very serious, brain injury. A brain contusion is a localized bruising of the brain where the vessels leak blood into the surrounding tissues. A minor brain contusion may produce few symptoms and heal on its own, but a severe contusion can interrupt the neurological functions of the brain and lead to life-threatening complications.
Closed head injuries
Concussions, hematomas and contusions are considered Closed head injuries because the skull is not penetrated. An Open head injury occurs when the skull is penetrated by a foreign object. Penetrating intracranial injuries generally have worse outcomes than closed head injuries because of the increased likelihood for severe brain damage and the risk of infection. Victims of open head injuries generally need more extensive treatment and longer rehabilitation to regain neurological functions and cognitive reasoning abilities.
Contact a Worker's Compensation Attorney for Advice
It is imperative that you always seek medical attention after any blow to the head, no matter how minor it may first appear. A brain injury may take time to build into something serious, so you might not realize the extent of your injury until days, weeks or even months have passed. Also, depending on the severity, a head injury may affect one's ability to work for a few weeks, or it may be so severe that the employee may never return to work. So in addition to physical trauma, head injuries can present serious financial hardships for an injured worker and his/her family.
If you've sustained a head injury on the job, don't hesitate to contact a worker's compensation attorney for advice. The success of your recovery depends on timely and quality treatment, which can be impeded if your company or their insurance provider delays or denies your claim. Don't wait, contact the law firm of Vic Alexander immediately to discuss your situation. We'll fight relentlessly for the care and benefits you need to achieve the best possible outcome.