Have You Suffered A Brain Injury At Work?
Your brain is necessary for you to live life as you know it. Injuries to the brain can affect everything from your coordination and fine motor skills to your personality and temperament. Your head should be protected at all costs, as your skull is the only thing protecting your brain from external injury. However, sometimes even if you are wearing a helmet and other protective gear, your brain can still suffer serious trauma. This is because serious blows to the head or jerking motions can cause swelling in the brain, creating pressure between the brain and skull which causes damage, or in the case of jerking, the brain can actually smash against the brain, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. These risks are particularly prevalent in industries such as construction where there are countless dangers, projectiles, and obstacles that can result in head trauma. If you have suffered a brain injury at work, it’s important to make sure that you are taking all necessary steps to secure the care and financial support that you need to recover.
Common Workplace Brain Injuries
While there are many ways that the brain can suffer trauma or injury, some of the most common are listed below:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). TBIs are caused by blunt-force trauma to the head, or a severe jerking motion (such as that experienced in a car crash) which causes the brain to impact with the skull. These injuries can have symptoms ranging from headaches, migraines, fatigue, and memory problems, to long-term problems such as depression, irritability, and cognitive issues that affect long-term function.
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion. Mild head injuries are often termed mild TBIs or concussions. These injuries may result in a loss of consciousness for up to 30 minutes, and people who experience them may lose memory of the accident and up to 24 hours following (known as short-term temporary amnesia). Loss of balance, bleeding from the ears, dizziness, and inability to be woken are all symptoms following the accident.
- Brain Hemorrhage. Brain hemorrhages occur due to bleeding in or around the brain, and can be caused by a severe blow to the head.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Carbon monoxide poisoning, which can occur in some workplaces, can result in hypertoxic brain injury. The symptoms of this condition can range from mild symptoms, like headaches, nausea, and dizziness, to severe symptoms, including seizures, coma, and death.
If you have suffered a brain injury and are a Maryland employee, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your injury. Make sure to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer as soon as possible. If your claim is denied for any reason, a Maryland workers’ compensation attorney can help.
Schedule a Consultation with Berman, Sobin, Gross LLP
If you have suffered a brain injury at work and are struggling to get the support, medical care, and compensation that you are entitled to, the experienced Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross are ready to fight to get you what you deserve, Contact us today to schedule a consultation.