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Head injuries at work can cause permanent disability

There are numerous ways in which you can sustain serious, even severe head injuries while at work. You could suffer a slip-and-fall accident, smacking your head against the floor or a wall. Something could fall from a shelf and hit you on the head. Machinery could back into you or knock you down. If you drive for your job, the potential for a serious automobile accident is a real concern. For those working in Connecticut, the risk of a workplace injury is higher than the national average.

After suffering a head injury at work, you may feel tempted to brush it off, but doing so could prove to be a major mistake. Any time your head is struck or injured, you should make a point of filing an accident report with your employer. That way, you can ensure that if symptoms develop, you have the ability to file a claim for workers' compensation.

Understanding the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury

When you hurt your head, the real concern is that your brain could end up damaged. Swelling or bleeding on the brain can cause a wide range of issues, from loss of consciousness to permanent brain damage if not properly and promptly treated. It can take days or even weeks for head injury symptoms to develop. That's why you should always seek medical care if you hit your head, especially if you lose consciousness, even for a second. A doctor can screen you for potential injuries and help you understand what to watch for.

Some of the common symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries include:

  • loss of consciousness
  • feeling confused or dazed
  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • feeling tired
  • trouble sleeping or sleeping more than normal
  • loss of balance or dizzyness
  • ringing ears
  • blurry vision
  • issues with memory or concentration
  • mood changes

Brain injuries can cause permanent disability

Your brain controls everything about who you are and what you do. Your knowledge, your personality and even your physical ability all relate to the health and functionality of your brain. When you suffer a brain injury, it can cause changes in your personality and mood. You may forget how to do things that were once easy. You may no longer be able to remember things and focus as well as you once did. It can even impact your motor skills and balance, leaving you unable to perform the same job in the future.

For those with brain injuries, workers' compensation is important. It can help you by covering your medical bills and lost wages. In some cases, you could qualify for training for a new career if you can't continue in your old one. Other times, if your injury is serious, it may offer you permanent disability income when you are no longer able to work.

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