Brain Injuries in the Workplace
Suffering a brain injury can be both complicated and traumatic and can leave one completely disabled or rehabilitating for months, if not years. Brain injuries can happen from internal or external factors; traumatic brain injuries occur from a blow to the head or other outside occurrences. Even doctors do not fully know the true impact the injury does on the brain, but they do know that traumatic brain injuries can be prevented, particularly in the workplace.
March is Brain Injury Awareness month, where we promote brain injury prevention and support those suffering from a brain injury. New treatments and methods of rehabilitation are promoted as well. Because each brain injury is unique, recovery and treatment differ from person to person. Whether they are considered severe or mild, such as a concussion, brain injuries can dramatically affect a person’s ability to show emotion, think clearly, or even leave them in a coma or perform simple daily activities.
Causes of Brain Injuries in the Workplace
Traumatic brain injuries happen from outside influences and can easily be prevented. During Brain Injury Awareness Month, the following are some ways they can occur in the workplace:
- Slip and Falls: Research has shown that even the slightest impact to the head at the right angle can lead to a concussion. Slip and falls are the second most common workplace injury and can very easily lead to a traumatic brain injury. Falls cause over 35 percent of all brain injuries, an accident commonly associated with construction or factory workers. However, a fall can happen to anyone at any time; one can easily hit their head falling from a ladder, or even from a curb if they are not aware.
- Falling objects: Always make sure your work environment is safe and all objects that can potentially fall are secure. The slightest impact can cause damage to the brain.
A brain injury could have lasting effects on the injured person, as well as their families and caretakers. Common symptoms of a brain injury include seizures, memory loss, swelling or bruising, but the most damage is done internally, where blood clots or internal bleeding in the brain can lead to physical and mental disabilities.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Protect Employees Suffering from Work-Related Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can drastically alter one’s daily life. If you suffered a brain injury at work, contact the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP. Our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers will fight to obtain the proper compensation you and your family rightfully deserve. Call us today at 215-512-1500 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, we proudly serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.