When it comes to personal injuries following accidents, some are considerably more serious than others. Whether you are hurt at work, injured on the road or suffer a trip or fall in public, you want to escape with nothing more than minor bumps, cuts and bruises.
However, some accidents can lead to far more severe conditions. One of the more worrying consequences of accidents in the workplace is concussion.
What types of accidents at work are likely to cause concussion?
Concussion is one of the most common types of traumatic brain injuries. It is caused by incidents that make the brain jar or shake inside the skull. The most common incidents that lead to concussion are blows to the head or body or trips and falls.
In the context of workplace accidents, concussion is most commonly caused either by a falling object striking the victim on the head or a trip or fall accident causing the head to collide with the floor or corner of a desk.
One of the reasons concussion is such a complicated work injury is that it can be extremely difficult to correctly diagnose. For example, a victim of concussion does not necessarily always pass out.
When it comes to symptoms of concussion, there are four main categories to consider.
Thoughts and memory:
- The victim may be unable to think clearly
- They may be unable to concentrate
- They may fail to remember new information
Physical: The victim may suffer from:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Problems with balance
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Dizziness and blurred vision
Emotional: The victim may be
- Quick to get upset or angry
- Nervous, anxious and unconfident
- Sad and melancholic
- The victim may sleep more than usual OR
- Sleep less than usual
- They may have difficulty getting to sleep
Anyone displaying these symptoms following an accident at work should seek medical assistance immediately.
Concussion is one of a number of serious personal injuries that can arise from accidents at work. It is important to remember that, if you are injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, work injury compensation may be due.
Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in processing personal injury claims on behalf of accident victims. They work on a no-win, no-fee* basis so call the freephone today.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice