Any type of head injury can change a person’s life. Concussion is probably the most familiar injury to many of us, with the potential to occur whenever someone suffers a blow to the head. At the more severe end of the scale someone may suffer a blood clot, a fractured skull and potentially brain damage to some extent. This may vary depending on how the head injury occurs.
Injuries like these can happen in a variety of situations. Although it is rare, they can happen in the workplace as well. Jobs that involve working at height may potentially have a higher risk of head injuries occurring, since anyone working at height could potentially fall if they are not safe while doing their work. Thankfully the Work at Height Regulations – not to mention the Health and Safety at Work Act – are designed to ensure such instances do not happen.
How could a head injury change your life?
A relatively minor one might incur concussion, but this normally abates and does not cause any long-term problems. However if a worker should fracture their skull or suffer some degree of brain injury, their whole life could change significantly. In some cases people will require 24-hour care in a specialist facility, or may need home-help. Their chances of working again may also be slim to none depending on the severity of the injury.
While these situations would definitely entitle the individual to consider workplace head injury compensation, lesser injuries may qualify as well. A lot would depend on the severity of the injury and how it came to happen. Negligence is an important factor here. You must be able to prove someone else was negligent in some way. For example they may have neglected to risk-assess the job you were doing before you began, or did not provide the appropriate equipment to use.
Taking the next step
Coping with a head injury can be difficult, both for the person who has it and their immediate family and loved ones. Workplace head injury compensation can make the world of difference when the injuries are severe enough to prohibit the person from working.
If you or someone you love has suffered a head injury at work, call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500. It’s the best way to ensure you get the compensation you may deserve in this situation.
Date Published: September 12, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead