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Workplace Accidents Can Cause Serious Brain Injuries

July 31, 2015 — by Jessica Graziano
Tags: Brain Injury Head Injury Workplace Accidents

A brain functioning abnormallyThe legal team at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis has helped numerous accident victims throughout the greater Richmond area. If you are harmed while on the job, our lawyers for workplace injuries will fight for your rights, holding any and all negligent parties accountable.

A number of serious, lasting injuries involve brain damage and major blows to the head. Let's cover these matters in a bit of detail right now.

Types of Head Injuries

There are different kinds of head injuries that a person may experience. Some of them are more serious than others. These include:

  • Facial or Scalp Injury – This refers to injuries that affect the skin and/or muscle of the face or scalp, but not the skull or the brain. These kinds of injuries can lead to serious disfigurement that may require reconstructive/cosmetic surgery to treat.

  • Open Head Injury – An open head injury involves the penetration of the skull as a result of serious injury or trauma and the subsequent injury to the brain tissue.

  • Closed Head Injury – A closed head injury does not involve any kind of puncture or penetration of the skull but the brain is affected regardless.

  • Concussion – A concussion occurs when the brain strikes the inside of the skull, bruising the brain tissue in the process or affecting the blood vessels and nerves of the brain.

Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

When the brain is seriously struck or injured in some fashion, this can result in a traumatic brain injury, which has to be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Some common signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury include the following:

  • Physical Symptoms – Loss of consciousness for up to several hours, severe and/or persistent headaches, seizures, problems with balances, problems with coordination, fluid draining from the ears or nose, weakness in extremities, nausea and vomiting

  • Cognitive Symptoms – Slurring of the speech, mood problems, irritability, mental fogginess, confusion, disorientation

  • Sensory Symptoms – Light sensitivity, blurry vision, loss of taste or smell, ringing in the ears

Lasting Effects of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can have profound, long-lasting effects on your physical and cognitive abilities. Mood disorders and depression may occur, and patients may also experience problems with sleeping and heightened fatigue. Coordination problems may persist, as can issues with headaches and seizures.

Be Sure to Wear Helmets/Head Protection at Your Workplace

While you are on the job, be sure to wear head protection and face protection when it is prudent to do so. By wearing hard hats or other kinds of protective gear, you help reduce the severity of a blow to the head and can prevent major brain damage from occurring.

Look Out for Your Co-Workers: Be Mindful for Safety

In addition to watching out for your own safety, be sure to look after your co-workers who are also in a high-risk environment. If you should notice potential hazards or dangerous situations, be sure to say something to your co-workers. Being mindful of others is a great way to ensure overall safety at a risky workplace.

Speak with the Attorneys of Reinhardt, Harper, Davis

For more information about your legal rights and entitlements following a serious on-the-job injury, we encourage you to contact our team of workplace injury attorneys today. The law firm of Reinhardt, Harper, Davis is ready to listen and to help you and your loved ones in your time of legal need.

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