If you are one of many Iowa residents who work in the construction, agriculture or fishing industries, you’re among those whose jobs typically rank at the top of the list for injury risks. This doesn’t mean, however, that if your job keeps you behind a desk all day you’re not at risk for a work accident to occur that might result in injury.
Work accidents often happen suddenly and unexpectedly, many of which include motor vehicle collisions, heavy machinery malfunction, slips and falls, or heavy objects falling from high places. If you’re involved in a workplace accident, it’s critical that you closely monitor your condition in the days and weeks that follow. Certain injury symptoms may not be immediately apparent but may suggest traumatic brain injury.
Post work accident care
Whether you slipped on a wet floor, were in a collision, or were hit by an object or debris, a top priority after a workplace accident is always to seek medical attention in a timely manner. That should never be the end of your post-accident care, however. The days and weeks that follow may be quite telling regarding injuries or symptoms of injury. Especially if you hit your head or an object fell on your head, the symptoms in the following list suggest that you may have suffered brain trauma:
- Trouble thinking or speaking clearly
- Extreme fatigue
- Inability to walk straight
- Ringing in your ears
- Bruising behind your ears
- Uneven pupil dilation in your eyes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Head or facial discomfort
- Weakness or numbness in any body part
It’s a mistake to think that brain trauma is always easy to diagnose. In fact, your loved ones as well as licensed medical workers might overlook signs of concussion and other brain injury symptoms. This is because you might look fine but not feel fine.
Recovery from brain injury may require time off work
If a doctor diagnoses you with a concussion or other traumatic brain injury, your body will need rest and time to heal. Resuming normal activities too soon could make your condition worse. Mild brain injuries often resolve themselves in time, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to resume your normal daily routine right away. A severe brain injury can cause permanent disability, perhaps causing a permanent inability to return to work.
Your employer is obligated to provide information, training and equipment to help you reduce your chances of a work accident. Workers’ compensation programs are intended to provide financial relief if you suffer injury on the job or are unable to work because of a workplace injury. The benefits application process is complex, which is why many Iowa workers seek legal support if complications arise.