We have previously written about the fact that falls are now the number one cause of brain injury in the United States. Individuals who work in construction, logging and other hazardous industries are among those Americans at greatest risk for suffering debilitating falls. As a result, it is vitally important that both employers and workers in these high-risk industries understand both how to prevent falls and how to detect and properly address potential brain injuries when they may have been inflicted on the job.
One of the many reasons why it is so important to prevent brain injuries and to properly diagnose and treat them when they occur is that brain injury victims tend to suffer numerous consequences related to their condition long after the accident which caused their injury has occurred.
For example, a recent study released by researchers based at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto have concluded that a significant number of men who suffer brain injuries later end up homeless. Of the homeless men surveyed for the purpose of the study, nearly half had sustained a brain injury. Most of those injured and homeless men had suffered their brain injury prior to becoming homeless.
This tragic potential side effect of brain injury is only one of many. A number of brain injury patients suffer from pain, cognitive disabilities, social challenges and a host of other issues as a result of their condition. This study, along with numerous other studies on the side effects of brain injuries, should inspire both employers and workers in high-risk industries to prevent falls and brain injuries and to ensure that those which do occur are both promptly diagnosed and properly treated.
Source: The Huffington Post, “The Disturbing Link Between Brain Injury And Homelessness,” Anna Almendrala, April 29, 2014