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Why should industrial workers care about brain injury?

Industrial workers are trained on safety measures in the workplace, especially if they work with dangerous chemicals or machines. But falls and other injuries are just as likely in such environments, and can lead to major injuries. One type of injury that could impact industrial workers is traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

We often associate TBIs with motor vehicle accidents or with accidents that occur when kids aren't wearing a helmet while riding a bike or playing sports. But, the leading cause of TBI in the United States from 2006 through 2010 was falls. Falls accounted for a total of 40.5 percent of brain injuries reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Blunt trauma caused by being hit in the head with something was the second known cause of TBIs, and motor vehicle accidents accounted for the third known cause. Both falls and blunt trauma can occur in an industrial work environment. Individuals can slip on spills or fall from machinery or levels within a factory. They can also be hit by machine parts or tools.

Brain injury is a serious concern when you experience trauma to the head. Because brain injuries aren't always symptomatic, workers who experience a head injury might think they are fine and report that all is okay to supervisors. When symptoms appear later, it can be more difficult to make a workers' compensation claim if you previously stated that everything was okay.

Understand how to file a claim, how and when to report an incident, and how to seek additional compensation if necessary or if claims are denied. Because brain injuries can impact your ability to function in the workplace, seeking the right type and amount of compensation can help you remain stable while you recover.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet," accessed July 03, 2015

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