Head injuries can range from a minor bump on the head with little to no problems, to major head injuries that require surgery and can be life threatening. In some cases, it is impossible to tell whether a particular head injury is severe or not, which is why it is always a good idea to get such an injury checked out, especially if you feel unwell.
If you suffer a head injury at work, there should be a first-aider on-site who can examine you and provide essential first aid. They may also decide to call for expert medical help if the injury appears serious, or you have lost consciousness or have some other injuries that require treatment.
How can a head injury at work happen?
Falls from height can potentially result in head injuries occurring. Someone may knock their head on something as they fall or as they land, and in other cases they may be unlucky enough to fall on their head as they make impact with the ground.
Similarly, head injuries may occur if something falls on someone. In every workplace, the likelihood of head injuries should be taken into consideration in the course of conducting a risk assessment. These assessments can highlight potential risks and hazards so they can be dealt with and any risks found can be reduced in scale. In this way, many injuries of all kinds can be avoided.
What should you do if you have been injured in this manner in the last three years?
This is the time period you have to work with if you have received a head injury at work. It is wise to seek proper legal advice from a professional injury compensation lawyer, as they will have the best idea of whether or not you could successfully claim compensation. If you can, they will support you through the procedure of claiming, so you can hopefully attain the best outcome.
By calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, you can determine whether or not you are able to make such a claim. Elements such as loss of income, incidental expenses and other impacts on your life will all be taken into account if you do have a reasonable chance of making a successful claim, so call us now to see whether we can be of assistance to you in this case.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead