While no one expects to go into work and get hurt, it happens much more frequently than many people think. Head injuries are one of the most serious injuries someone can suffer at work. These injuries can impact workers for the rest of their lives and may even prevent them from working again. If you’ve suffered a head injury at work, it’s important for you to file a workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible.
Here are the most common causes of workplace head injuries:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some professions, including truck driving, pizza delivery and UPS delivery, involve driving a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, driving a vehicle may increase your risk of sustaining injuries at work, including head injuries. If your vehicle collides with another vehicle at a high speed, you risk suffering a serious head injury.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can happen in many different workplaces, from construction sites to offices. If you slip and fall and hit your head on the floor, you’re in danger of sustaining a head injury. Common causes of slip and fall accidents in the workplace include liquid spills, torn carpeting, cluttered floors and recently mopped floors.
In some cases, defective equipment can result in head injuries in the workplace. If you suffered a head injury due to faulty equipment, you may also be able to put in a claim against the manufacturer.
Getting Hit By Falling Objects
Workers can also sustain head injuries if falls objects fall on top of them. This isn’t only an issue at construction sites and factories. Objects can fall from shelves in any work environment and potentially hit workers in the head.
Falling from Heights
These types of accidents can happen from an elevated area like a roof, ladder or stairway and result in serious head injuries. Employees can reduce their risk of these types of accidents by using proper fall protection equipment and staying focus on their surroundings.
What Are the Consequences of Sustaining a Head Injury?
While some head injuries are fairly minor and don’t leave any lasting damage, others cause complications that last a lifetime. These complications may include behavior changes, seizures, problems sleeping, mood swings and difficulty communicating.
Consulting a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have suffered a head injury at work, you should talk to a reputable workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. He or she can look out for your best interests and improve your chances of getting the settlement you deserve. Many Long Island work injury attorneys offer free initial consultations, so there’s no risk to speaking to one.
Thanks to Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. for their insight into workers compensation and head injuries.