A head injury is one of the most common types of workplace injuries. Depending on the severity, a head injury can greatly impact the victim’s concentration, reasoning, vision, emotions and even physical abilities. This can put them off work either on a temporary or permanent basis.
A head injury, as the name suggests, is an injury that happens to the person’s scalp, skull or brain. Employees suffer different kinds of head injuries in the workplace, including closed head injuries, concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries commonly result from:
A fall and being struck by an object are two of the most common causes of brain injuries in the construction industry. They are also the leading causes of construction workers’ death.
When employees operate cars or trucks for work, they expose themselves to the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Trucking, construction, commercial and residential cleaning, delivery service, home repair and improvements, sales and home healthcare are just some of the industries where employees must operate motor vehicles. Depending on the severity of the impact, brain injuries resulting from car accidents can have lifelong implications.
Slips and falls in the workplace are some of the most common causes of brain injuries. Literally, any workplace can be a slip and fall hazard if worn or torn carpets, spills, cracked flooring and other dangerous conditions are not fixed.
Most construction and factory workers are exposed to hazardous materials that can explode can cause a fire. A worker can sustain a brain injury if they are hit by flying debris or thrown through the air.
Brain injuries are serious and should never be taken lightly. There are multiple ways in which an employee can sustain brain injuries in the workplace, particularly when safety procedures are overlooked. If you sustain a brain injury while at your workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury and other damages.