It doesn’t take much for a person to suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Any type of blow to the head can cause significant problems for workers. These issues are compounded by the fact that TBI symptoms may not become apparent until days or even weeks after an accident.
If you have suffered a blow to the head at work, you should seek medical attention, even if you feel fine at the moment. It’s also important to inform your employer of any potential injury. This will get the ball rolling if you have to make a claim for workers’ compensation at some point in the future.
Recognizing the symptoms of a TBI
Symptoms of a TBI may include:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping or excessive sleeping
In addition to physical symptoms, sometimes a TBI can result in significant behavioral changes. Be aware if coworkers become concerned about a sudden onset of depression or if your temper appears shorter than normal.
A TBI can also interfere with your ability to concentrate, making it challenging, if not impossible, to perform your job-related tasks.
Get the help and benefits you need
While a TBI can be frightening, there are medical treatments available. However, they do take time to treat and heal, and may leave you unable to work for a significant period. That is why getting prompt medical attention and collecting documentation is so important. Backing up your injury with solid evidence can help strengthen your claim for workers’ compensation, providing you with the benefits and help you need to start on your road to recovery.