that result in catastrophic injuries are often preventable. Employers may allow unsafe work conditions, neglect to provide proper equipment or tolerate other hazards that can harm workers. Workplace brain injuries are a perfect example.
According to the Brain Injury Institute, 20 percent of these injuries occur because workers lose their footing on wet or uneven surfaces – almost always preventable. For example, spilt coffee or objects left on the floor can cause slips and falls. Some other common causes of workplace brain injuries include:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Workplace violence/assault
- Blunt force trauma from objects or equipment
Construction workers are most at risk for brain injuries. There are more opportunities for these injuries to occur and employers may cut corners to save on costs. Employers in this industry should provide workers with hardhats and ensure they are being worn. Additional equipment can help prevent falls from heights. In addition, workers should receive training to perform their job duties.
What Are the Long-Term Consequences of Workplace Brain Injuries?
Brain injuries are complex because affected workers can suffer varying health complications. For example, brain injuries may cause aphasia, a condition that affects a person’s ability to speak and understand language. Workers can also develop cognitive problems or have difficulties controlling movement. Mental health conditions may also arise. It depends on the areas of the brain affected by the injury.
Workers who suffered brain injuries on-the-job may be able to secure workers compensation benefits
. These benefits can help pay medical bills, lost income and other expenses. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, there may be additional options for benefits. This is why it is important to have an experienced Ohio BWC attorney fighting for your needs.
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC has decades of experience helping injured Ohio workers receive the benefits they need to recover.