How to identify the signs of a brain injury

Whether you work at a construction site, in a warehouse or at the office, you run the risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while on the job. Within all industries across the United States, there are occasions where workers may slip-and-fall, trip over objects, fall from heights or have objects dropped on their heads. Traumatic brain injuries occur when a sudden bump or jolt to the head causes the brain to hit against the hard bony skull. This can cause the brain to bleed and swell, as well as damage brain cells, causing a number of different problems. 

The signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries may vary depending on what area of the brain was injured, as well as how severe the damage is. Mild brain injuries may cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue, confusion, blurred vision and mood changes. They may also affect your memory and your ability to focus. Moderate to severe cases of brain injuries may cause the following:

  • Loss of consciousness or seizures

  • Persistent headaches that grow in intensity

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Weakness or tingling in the extremities and/or muscles

  • Slurred speech and loss of coordination

  • Weakened senses, such as sight and hearing

People who suffer from severe TBI may experience cognitive problems, such as making executive decisions, organizing, paying attention or communicating with others. In some cases, it can take several days for the signs of TBI to appear. The symptoms may also mask themselves as something else, making it hard to diagnose. If you have been in a workplace accident, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

 

 

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