Getting hurt while working is usually little more than an uncomfortable inconvenience. However, some workplace injuries can affect you for the rest of your life. Traumatic brain injuries, for instance, often disrupt the lives of workers and their families on a long-term basis, if not forever.
Brain injury victims can suffer memory loss, communication impairments, seizures and other physical and mental hardships. If you are concerned about potential workplace brain injuries, stay away from the occupations below.
The risk of a brain injury is often present in the construction industry. Falling from heights can harm your brain, and getting struck by a falling object can do just as much damage. Construction workers in California typically qualify for workers’ compensation. If your boss says otherwise, check state laws and seek legal guidance.
Those who work in a warehouse face many of the same head injury risks that construction workers face. They are vulnerable to falls from elevated heights and dropped or falling objects. Fortunately, most warehouse employees are covered by employer-provided workers’ compensation insurance. A review of state laws can confirm your eligibility.
Pro and semi-pro athletes
Discussions about concussion risks athletes face have heated up over the last decade or so. Many believe suffering a brain injury is a certainty for boxers, jockeys, MMA fighters and football players, to name a few. Fortunately, most pro and semi-pro athletes may seek workers’ compensation to address head injuries.
A traumatic brain injury could sideline you for life without early intervention and medical care. Those having trouble obtaining workers’ compensation can improve their chances of success with legal representation.