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The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury

Workers who suffer a serious head injury on the job may not be able to work for months. In fact, if the injury is severe enough, they may never be able to work again.

Fortunately, for many North Carolina workers who suffer from a head injury, workers' compensation insurance will pay for their medical care, in-home services and also offer them wage replacement benefits.

It's vital to diagnose a brain injury as soon as possible

Brain injuries can happen after a worker falls and hits his or her head, or if an object hits the worker's head. In these cases, the head injury may come with an exterior bruise, bleeding or fractured skull -- which doctors can easily notice. However, in other cases, a brain injury may not show any kind of outward symptoms, making it easier for doctors to misdiagnose the patient or fail to diagnose that a traumatic brain injury has occurred.

It's important that a brain injury victim receives a diagnosis as early as possible because the sooner the individual can get medical care the better in these situations. As such, workers may want to look for the following symptoms in themselves and their coworkers after a serious workplace accident:

  • Headaches that won't go away
  • Difficulties with memory
  • Attention and concentration deficiencies
  • Changes in personality
  • Having a hard time planning, organizing tasks, planning work days, making meals and organizing activities
  • Feeling fatigued
  • Having a hard time sleeping, or not wanting to wake up
  • Dizziness and balance issues
  • Anger and irritability, feeling frustrated and experiencing other emotional problems
  • Having a hard time watching television and reading
  • Speech problems
  • Double vision and other vision impairments that didn't exist before the injury
  • Feeling depressed

The costs of a brain injury

The costs of a brain injury can be high -- physically, emotionally and financially. However, this is why workers' compensation insurance exists, to help workers get the money they need to pay for medical care and to help them get through the period of time it takes to recover from their injuries.

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