Stephen Hasner | Workers' Compensation | June 26, 2017
Serious head injuries occur in many industries and can be caused by everything from a fall or car accident to being struck by a falling object. These types of accidents could occur in essentially any workplace, which makes them especially dangerous. Although head injuries can range in severity, they should always be carefully evaluated and treated because initial injuries may not appear serious when they are first sustained, but worsen over time.
Head injuries can cause permanent disability, memory loss, mobility problems, and significant mood swings, which can make it difficult, if not impossible for the injured party to remain employed. Fortunately, Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws provide medical benefits and weekly wages to those who sustain injuries while on the job, regardless of fault.
The filing process can be difficult, so if you or a loved one suffered an injury at work in Georgia, it is critical to consult with an experienced Savannah workers’ compensation attorney who can ensure that you meet all filing deadlines and submit the necessary documentation.
Most Common Types of Head Injuries
Although many employees do sustain serious traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) while on the job, less severe head injuries, such as concussions, are more common. Concussions are the result of sudden impacts that cause the brain to collide with the inside of the skull. This can seriously damage brain tissue, making it difficult for the injured party to focus, cause difficulty sleeping, and lead to mood swings. Most concussions heal over time but need to be closely monitored.
A substantial blow to the head can also cause a hematoma, which is the localized pooling of blood between the brain and the skull. These types of injuries are especially dangerous because they can grow and compress brain tissue and if left untreated, can cause serious brain damage or death.
Brain contusions, where the vessels in the brain leak blood into surrounding tissues, are another serious type of head injury caused by sudden and violent blows to the head. Although minor brain contusions usually only produce a few symptoms and heal on their own, severe contusions can cause substantial neurological problems.
Contusions, concussions, and hematomas all fall under the category of closed head injuries because the skull itself is not penetrated by a foreign object. Open head injuries tend to have even more severe outcomes than closed head injuries because of the increased risk of brain damage and infection.
Finally, when a jolt to the head is especially severe, it may cause a disruption in the brain’s function. Injuries of this severity are referred to as traumatic brain injuries and can have devastating consequences, including paralysis, chronic headaches, seizures, difficulty speaking, and in some tragic cases, death.
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Workers’ compensation covers a wide range of head injuries, including concussions, brain contusions, hematomas, and TBIs.