Workplace accidents are a frequent cause of head trauma and brain injuries. There are two types of head injuries: closed head injuries and open head injuries.
Closed Head Injuries
A closed head injury is an injury that results in the skull and brain tissue remaining intact. However, this doesn’t mean that the brain isn’t damaged or that the injury isn’t dangerous. In fact, closed brain injuries are one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of four.
Symptoms of a closed head injury can include:
- Vision Loss
- Dilated Pupils
- Behavioral Changes
- Memory Loss
Closed head injuries can cause physical, cognitive, and emotional changes that could impact a person for the rest of their lives. Examples of closed head injuries include concussion, cerebral contusion, and an intracranial hematoma.
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Open Or Penetrating Brain Injuries
Just like the name suggests, a penetrating brain injury occurs when the skull is broken and the brain tissue is also penetrated. This typically occurs when an object is traveling at a high velocity and hits a patient’s head. In addition to experiencing similar symptoms to patient’s with a closed head injury, infection is highly likely which could cause secondary health issues.
Depending on where the wound occurs and the extent of the damage to the surrounding tissue, the prognosis can be very poor. Patients that do survive can face serious challenges while they heal and may never be able to regain their former physical and cognitive abilities.
Common Causes of Head Injuries
When a pedestrian, bike rider, or car passenger is involved in a car accident it’s no secret that the damage can be severe to both vehicle and body. Head injuries are just one of the injuries that can be sustained in a crash.
Slip And Fall Accidents
When someone falls they lose the ability to control how they land and the head could easily strike a hard or sharp object, like the edge of a sidewalk.
It’s no secret that when someone is attacked, the person committing the crime is trying to inflict a lot of harm and is also trying to incapacitate their victim as quickly as possible. The easiest way to do this is to knock them out by hitting them in the head.
Accidents at work can occur in any industry. Common examples include being hit by a falling object, construction accidents, industrial accidents, explosions, and slip and falls.
How Will I Be Able To Afford Medical Care?
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury you may feel overwhelmed by the cost of the care that you need. There are ways to recover compensation, through a workers’ compensation claim and/or a third-party claim. You may already know this which is why you’ve Googled “workers’ comp lawyers near me“. To learn more, contact our experienced legal team today for your free consultation.