Workplace injuries are incredibly common and, among them, brain injuries are the most frequently sustained. While it is important for every employee to be responsible and follow safety protocols, it is the responsibility of all employers to provide a safe work environment and to prioritize the wellbeing, health, and safety of every employee. Unfortunately, not every employer treats employer safety with the care that it deserves and, due to this negligence and dereliction of duty, employees are injured in preventable accidents.
Falls in the Workplace
While brain injuries can be sustained from a number of different types of accidents, falls are often the greatest culprit of these incidents. Employers must exercise good housekeeping and enforce any necessary safety protocols, such as fall protection. If there is a spill or wet area, it must be addressed immediately, or employees should be made aware of the hazard.
Other fall hazards include randomly placed objects, which could easily cause trips. Falls caused by any of these hazards can lead to a head injury that could result in a concussion or a severe traumatic brain injury.
Falls can happen in any work environment, but these injuries are more common in certain occupations than they are in others. Traumatic brain injuries happen more frequently in the following industries:
- Emergency medical services
Every industry comes with its own unique hazards and, as such, every employer should do what they can to mitigate these risks to prevent employees from sustaining brain injuries. Aside from falls, other brain injury hazards include truck accidents, falling objects, machinery or equipment accidents, exposure to toxic chemicals, and even working in confined spaces where oxygen deprivation may occur. If you work in a potentially dangerous environment, you are entitled to insist on protective equipment. You also have the right to report any potential hazards in the workplace to your supervisor.
If you recently sustained a head injury, even a slight bump on the head, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you feel fine. Symptoms do not always appear right away and can take days, weeks, even months before they surface. Protect your health and the success of your workers’ compensation claim by visiting your doctor immediately. You should also report the incident to your employer as soon as it occurs.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Fresno
If you sustained a head injury at your place of work, workers’ compensation benefits will cover your medical expenses and other losses associated with your injury. At Berry, Smith & Bartell, a Professional Law Corporation, our Fresno team of workers’ compensation attorneys are backed by over 130 years of collective experience, which we will put to work for you. Contact us today!
We want you to focus on your recovery, so you will not owe us any legal fees until we win your case. You have nothing to lose!
Call us at (800) 848-6288 to schedule a free consultation and learn about your legal options.