Traumatic brain damage is one of the most common workplace injuries in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injuries kill 155 people every day. Over the course of a year, 2.87 million people were hospitalized, went to the emergency room or died as a result of their injuries.
The damage is caused when a workplace accident, such as falling from a height, a slip-and-fall accident or an object falling on your head, causes the soft brain tissue to hit against the hard skull bone. Since the brain sits suspended within the brain cavity surrounded by fluid, it is easy for a quick blow or a forceful impact to cause the tissue to reverberate within the skull cavity.
While some cases of traumatic brain injury are immediately apparent, it may take days for others to show the signs of brain trauma. In addition, some signs may mimic other conditions, making it difficult to diagnose brain injuries. Some of the signs and symptoms include the following:
- Muscle weakness and tingling in the extremities
- Persistent headaches and dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion, memory loss, trouble making plans, disorganized
- Personality and mood changes, trouble sleeping, constant fatigue
- Sensory deficiencies, such as trouble seeing, hearing and slurred speech
Severe cases of traumatic brain injuries may result in seizures, convulsions and loss of consciousness.
It is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident. When traumatic brain damage is caught early, the treatment options and outcomes are more promising.
This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.