Work-related traumatic brain injuries can happen in any industry

Many employers nationwide knowingly expose their workers to severe safety hazards on a daily basis. You may not even be aware of the dangers you face and the potential traumatic brain injury that could change your life forever. According to the Brain Injury Institute, one in five work-related TBI cases result from slip- or trip-and-fall incidents.

Some industries pose particularly high risks of TBI:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Emergency Medical Services

However, dangers exist in any workplace environment. You may be surprised to learn that even office workers can suffer traumatic brain injuries. A simple trip over a misplaced item or an out of alignment desk can cause a fall. A coffee spill can cause you to slip and fall. Any knock to your head can result in a brain injury.

Identify the risks

Although vehicle accidents top the list of causes of deaths resulting from TBIs, statistics show that falls are starting to reach the same numbers. An attributing aspect can be the fact that the “gray workforce” is currently 100 percent higher than 30 years ago. Therefore, if you are over 65 years old and still working, you may be at greater risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury.

On the other hand, many employers disregard safety regulations, and you can be a victim of a fall accident whether you are an employee, customer or guest on the premises. It is, therefore, important that you report any hazardous conditions to supervisors or management. Depending on the industry in which you are employed, the dangers can be any of the following:

  • Machinery and equipment accidents
  • Falling objects at construction sites, factories, warehouses and more
  • Slip- or trip-and-fall accidents in any industry
  • Toxic exposure in a variety of industries
  • Truck accidents
  • Precaution may be up to you

Although employers should provide safe workplace environments and protect the health and safety of workers, you may want to keep a lookout for hazards and take some precautions yourself. If your job involves a lot of driving, make sure you do not drive when you are tired and avoid distractions, such as mobile devices.

Always make sure you are wearing the required personal protective equipment, such as hard hats, gloves, fall harnesses, respiratory equipment and more. It may help to discuss safety concerns with co-workers and supervisors. However, if your employer still neglects to provide proper personal protective equipment, you have the right to report this to authorities.

If you are living with the consequences of a TBI suffered in a work-related accident, your financial stability is likely in jeopardy. Ongoing medical expenses and absence from work can adversely affect your ability to care for your family. Financial assistance is available through the benefits offered by the Massachusetts workers’ compensation insurance program. However, claims resulting from a traumatic brain injury can be complicated and may be best navigated by an experienced worker’s compensation attorney