Whether you are employed in the construction industry or you work in an office setting, you may have been taught the importance of workplace safety. Despite your attempts to avoid hazardous situations at work, however, you may run the risk of becoming the unfortunate victim of traumatic brain damage. Any type of incident that causes the brain to experience a forceful impact can cause brain trauma. As the soft tissue hits into the hard skull bone, it can become inflamed and bruised. You may be able to avoid developing brain damage by understanding how these incidents occur.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of brain injuries in the nation, accounting for just over 40 percent of all TBI cases. This includes falling from a high place or stumbling over clutter that has been left on the floor.
The second- leading cause of TBI occurs when people are hit by a falling object. For example, if you are working in a warehouse and an object topples off of a higher shelf and onto your head, you could receive brain trauma.
Car accidents are the third most common precursors to TBI, as you may smack your head into the side window or steering wheel. Auto collisions are the second-leading cause of fatalities involving brain damage.
Brain trauma can generate substantial medical expenses and may require you to stay home from work while you receive treatment. In some cases, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation, depending on the specific details of your case.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.