If you bang your head in a fall or are struck on the head by an object at work, you might not imagine the effect it could have. People tend to measure the severity of an injury by the amount of blood or the intensity of pain. When you suffer a blow to the head, there may be no blood, and it might feel no worse than the last time you bumped your head. However, a severe blow to the head could result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A traumatic brain injury can harm you in more ways than one
Every TBI is different. Some people recover quickly with minimal damage. Others suffer long term harm in one or all of these ways:
- Cognitive problems: Your brain may no longer function as well as it did. A TBI could affect your ability to think, solve problems or understand instructions. These skills are vital to your job, as well as your everyday life.
- Physical problems: Your brain controls the rest of your body. A TBI could affect your coordination and movement. You might suffer seizures, intense headaches, nausea, vomiting, or struggle to wake each morning.
- Psychological problems: Knowing you are somehow different than before your accident can be frustrating. You might struggle to cope with this, especially if the TBI prevents you from working and supporting your family or impacts your day to day activities. You could become prone to mood swings, depression or anger, which could strain your relationships.
If you suffer a TBI at work, seek legal help to file your claim for workers’ compensation insurance. You need to ensure you receive adequate compensation for all the consequences.