Imagine taking a fall at work and hitting your head on the way down. You end up with a lump at the base of your skull, but you do not think the injury is serious because you did not require stitches. However, simply because you did not see severe surface damage does not mean that something was not badly hurt. It actually does not take that much force for a person to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Bruising, tearing or swelling of the brain is not the same as what occurs in the knee or shoulder, or other area of the body. Even a minor bump to the head can have serious consequences.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work-related injury, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Since the initial filing or appeals process can be complicated, it is important to seek consultation. An attorney in the San Diego area can help you get the benefits you deserve.
Open and closed injuries
In general, there are two different types of brain injuries. An open brain injury is exactly what it sounds like. This type of injury occurs when the skull suffers a fracture and is “open.” The other type of injury is closed. While it does not involve a fracture, the effects of a closed injury are often more serious. When the brain begins to swell, it only has so much room available. Once it begins to press against the skull, pressure can build and blood clots can form.
Signs of a TBI
Just after a fall or other accident, you may not start to experience symptoms right away. Furthermore, the symptoms may not seem related to the brain injury. Some of the most common signs of a TBI include confusion, memory loss, lethargy and vertigo. If you begin to notice these symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Many TBIs occur due to traffic accidents, falls and sports incidents. The injury usually occurs due to the change in forces against the head. Think about a fall, for example. The head is moving toward the floor, and at impact, the motion suddenly reverses and the head is moving in the opposite direction. The force alone can result in bruising or bleeding.
Tearing can happen due to a collision, such as being hit by a falling object. The force of the impact can cause small tears to occur in the tissue, which in turn can cause nerve damage. After an injury, the brain will begin to swell, which is part of the healing process. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, the skull will not stretch in order to accommodate the swelling. The resulting pressure can cause very serious issues in terms of bodily functions and the nervous system.
If you or a loved one has suffered a TBI due to a work accident, it is important to remember that you have rights and options.
Source: Nov. 30, -0001