The long-term consequences of repeated concussions suffered by NFL players have received significant media coverage. However, workers in many industries in California face similar hazards. These include firefighters, construction workers, mineworkers and public safety workers who put their lives on the line every day. The risks of suffering work-related catastrophic injuries in these industries are high.
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen to anyone, from a business executive to a construction worker. If the person’s head strikes a hard object during the fall, traumatic brain injuries can result. Even with the protection of hard hats, falling objects like collapsing beams can hit firefighters while they fight fires in burning buildings. Road accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries in commercial truck drivers and business travelers, and explosions such as those that are prevalent in grain elevators could leave a worker in a vegetative state as the result of a brain injury.
Many employers and employees do not realize that concussions could have catastrophic consequences. With every concussion, some level of damage is done to brain function, and while this could be temporary, repeated blows to the head over time can ultimately cause permanent brain damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says traumatic brain injuries cause a significant percentage of deaths in construction workers.
California workers who value their health should not disregard any blow to the head. Going for a medical assessment and treatment, if necessary, could prevent cumulative damage to brain functions. A personal injury attorney with experience in fighting for the rights of catastrophic injury victims can assess the circumstances to determine the best way forward in pursuit of damage recovery for current and future losses.