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Every worker is at risk of suffering a brain injury

While often invisible to those on the outside, traumatic brain injuries are among the most devastating and debilitating of all injuries. From a concussion suffered after a slip-and-fall accident to a severe brain injury suffered in a car accident, individuals of all ages and socioeconomic levels are at risk of suffering a TBI.

Workplace accidents are among the most common causes of brain injuries and can impact everyone from an office worker who trips and falls down a flight of stairs to a construction worker who is struck in the head by falling debris at a work site. The truth is that while workers who are employed in industries like construction, transportation and agriculture are especially at risk of suffering a TBI; all workers must be aware of the specific and potentially hazardous conditions that exist within their own work environments.

According to the Brain Injury Institute, some "20 percent of TBI related workplace injuries occur from falling on surfaces that are uneven, wet or have an out-of-place object." While some believe this increase is due in part to the growing number of workers age 65 and older who are choosing to remain in the workforce, anyone can fall victim to these types of hazards.

Depending on the severity of a TBI, a worker may experience a range of disruptive and debilitating symptoms and side effects; some of the most common of which include headaches, nausea, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, changes in vision, depression and fatigue. After a TBI, a worker will need time to rest and recover and workers' compensation benefits can help provide much-needed financial support during this time.

Despite their prevalence, there is much about TBIs that remain a mystery. It can sometimes, therefore, be difficult to obtain an accurate diagnosis or prognosis. For these reasons, TBI-related worker's compensation claims may be denied or the duration of benefits may be cut short. An attorney who handles worker's compensation matters can assist TBI victims and their families in obtaining and keeping benefits.

Source: Brain Injury Institute, "Workplace Accident," March 15, 2016

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