It is estimated that 24% of all TBI (traumatic brain injuries) occur on the job. Most cases of concussions at work are caused by falls, being struck in the head, motor vehicle accidents or falling objects. Unlike many other injuries, the signs of a TBI are not always apparent. Some can take days before you notice, by which time it might already be too late to reverse the damage.
The potential dangers of on-the-job concussions
Due to the seriousness of these injuries, anyone who suffers a head injury of any type must seek immediate care from a healthcare provider with training in diagnosing and treating TBIs and concussions.
Symptoms of concussions and other mild TBIs
Be sure to watch for the signs of a concussion or mild TBI, which include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Loss of balance or dizziness
- Issues with speech
- Drowsiness or fatigue
Those who suffer a concussion or TBI may also have sensory issues, such as sensitivity to sound or light, concentration problems, inconsistent sleep patterns or feeling dazed and confused.
Protecting your rights as an injured worker
If you are injured on the job, it’s important to report the incident immediately. If the injury involves a blow to your head or some other type of trauma to your head, be sure to seek medical attention right away. What seems like nothing at first could soon become a very expensive injury requiring extensive treatment and a long time off work. Documenting your injuries will help you recover the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to after a workplace accident.