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Head injuries are not uncommon in the workplace

For workers in Iowa who suffer an injury while on the job, many difficulties may arise for both the employee and his or her family. Out of all the injuries a person can suffer at work, head and brain injuries can be some of the most debilitating. With head or brain injuries, there is sometimes no pain or obvious symptoms, so an injury can be easily dismissed. Luckily, those who suffer a head injury at work may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. Here are a few symptoms of mild traumatic brain injuries to look out for. 

Brain injury symptoms 

A mild traumatic brain injury is usually caused by a bump or blow to the head. Not all impacts to the head result in a brain injury. However, when it happens, symptoms can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury are headache, dizziness, confusion, blurred vision, memory impairment and ringing in the ears. 

Diagnosing a brain injury 

Symptoms of a brain injury can be difficult to detect and may not show up for days or even weeks. The first step in diagnosing a brain injury is a thorough medical and neurological exam. Exams evaluate and test eye movement, thinking, reflexes and motor and sensory function. In some cases, imaging tests such as CT scans and MRI scans are needed. Those who suffer a head injury should seek medical attention immediately. 

Unfortunately, when an employee suffers a head injury on the job, his or her employer may discourage the employee from seeking workers’ compensation. Victims need to ensure that they build a strong workers’ compensation claim to protect themselves and their families while they recover. By consulting a knowledgeable attorney, those in Iowa who suffer workplace injuries can obtain much-needed guidance on how to move forward.