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How traumatic brain injuries occur

Traumatic brain injuries are a somewhat common occurrence in workplaces across California and throughout the United States. These injuries occur in a wide-range of industries, from offices and schools, to construction sites and warehouses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that traumatic brain injuries are contributing factors in at least 30 percent of all injury deaths. Brain damage is one of the most common workplace injuries, causing serious dysfunction, loss of production and long-term disabilities.

Brain injuries can occur when a falling object strikes workers on the head or when employees slip, fall and hit their heads. Any significant blow to the head can cause the soft brain tissue to hit the hard skull bone. This forceful impact can result in brain bleeding, bruising and inflammation of the tissue. In some cases, signs that a brain injury has occurred may appear immediately after the accident. In other situations, however, people may not know that they have a brain injury until days or weeks after the incident. Whatever the case, immediate medical attention is needed to maximize the outcome of the case.

Symptoms of mild traumatic brain damage includes headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Severe cases of TBI may involve the following:

  •          Seizures or convulsions.
  •          Tingling or weakness in the muscles.
  •          Sensory deficiencies, such as trouble hearing or seeing.
  •          Difficulties communicating with others.
  •          Trouble concentrating, problem-solving or focusing on a task.
  •          Loss of memory.

The symptoms of TBI will differ depending on the area of the brain that was injured.

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

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