Find Out Which Jobs Are Most Likely to Lead to Head Injuries
These days, concussions are a hot topic in just about all physical athletic sports, particularly the NFL. But they’re also one of the most common workplace injuries reported. In fact, workers compensation insurer SFM has said that concussions in the Midwest that have caused workers to lose time from work have jumped 48% from 2012 to 2014.
Who is Most Likely to Experience a Head Injury or Concussion While at Work?
Beyond athletes, workers most likely to experience head injuries or concussions include construction workers, police officers, firefighters, delivery drivers and loading dock workers. Even when a worker is wearing protective gear like a hard hat, they are still not fully protected from experiencing a head injury – much like a football player with a helmet is still vulnerable to a concussion.
Other Causes of Head Injuries in the Workplace
Industries that do not require hard hats or other protective gear are also fertile grounds for head injuries. According to the Brain Injury Institute, about 20% of all traumatic brain injuries in the workplace are due to falls on surfaces that are uneven or wet.
What To Do If You Experience a Head Injury On The Job
Because you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, there are essentially two priorities to keep in mind if you suffer a head injury while on the job:
- Getting immediate medical attention; and
- Notifying your employer about the injury.
What Are The Symptoms of a Head Injury or Concussion?
Quite often, the tell-tale signs of a concussion or head injury can take a while to show themselves. Among the most common symptoms are:
- Difficulty with balance or dizziness
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Difficulty in comprehension
If You’ve Experienced a Head Injury At Work, Call The Oswalt Law Group
With offices in Phoenix, Tempe and Peoria, the personal injury lawyers at here The Oswalt Law Group are available anytime for a free consultation about your situation. Call us at 602-225-2222.