The brain is one of the most important, complex, and sensitive organs. Fortunately, the skull is typically effective as a protective shield. However, if the brain moves with sudden extreme force, it can strike against the inside of the skull. Such incidents can lead to a range of health concerns, from brief and mild symptoms, to long-term, debilitating disability. No matter the severity, a brain injury can powerfully transform an individual’s life in an instant.
Types of Brain Injuries
The following are some of the kinds of brain injury that one might suffer in a work-related accident, though it should not be considered an exhaustive list:
- Cerebral contusion – About 30% of severe head injuries include a cerebral contusion, which is a bruise on the brain. As is the case with other bruises on the body, cerebral contusions often resolve on their own, but some people are left with long-term disabilities such as unclear thinking or memory problems from these injuries.
- Concussion – Many people experience concussions following apparently mild accidents. Frequently they are associated with car accidents, sports injuries, or slip and fall accidents. Concussions may cause loss of consciousness, dizziness, nausea, headache, and memory problems, but these symptoms usually resolve. These are usually not a long-term concern unless a person experiences multiple, severe concussions.
- Intracranial hemorrhage – This is a dangerous condition involving bleeding in the brain, which can prompt potentially lethal swelling in the brain. Swelling can lead to temporary or permanent damage to parts of the brain.
Most brain injuries in the US are associated with car accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, and sports or violence.
If you have suffered a brain injury in the workplace, it is likely that you are entitled to pursue workers’ compensation benefits to assist you during this difficult time. A successful claim can recover benefits for a portion of lost wages, medical bills, and some other costs. Though not required by law, it is strongly advisable to consult with a knowledgeable attorney. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, P.L.L.C., at 919-851-3311 today to discuss your case.