When traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) get discussed in the media, the focus is usually on sports like football and hockey, as well as TBIs suffered by soldiers in combat. But nearly anyone can suffer a TBI in their everyday jobs.
Construction workers are especially vulnerable to brain trauma. Here are four ways you can sustain a TBI on a construction site.
Depending on how severe it is, a TBI can cause symptoms ranging from headaches, nausea and dizziness to vomiting, seizures and confusion. Long-term, serious brain trauma can cause chronic pain, cognitive or memory problems, slurred speech and behavioral changes. The victim can be forced to stop working for weeks or months to recover.
Workers’ compensation can help make up for lost wages and other costs associated with a work-related brain injury. However, getting approved for workers’ comp is not automatic. Employers and their workers’ comp insurance companies often deny valid claims based on claims that the injury was not work-related or is a pre-existing condition. Fortunately, you have the right to appeal a denied claim in North Carolina.
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