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Potential brain injury at work needs to be reported immediately

The increased attention to concussions on football and soccer fields has made more people aware that they may be the victim of a concussion even if they don't realize it.

Many concussions occur in the workplace. In fact, one workers' compensation insurer reports that a whopping 48 percent increase in concussions was reported between 2012 and 2014. Brain injuries are particularly common among construction workers, delivery drivers, loading dock workers, police officers and firefighters. However, they can occur in virtually any occupation due to lax safety.

Not all concussions result in brain injury. However, there's no way of knowing the extent of damage unless a person receives proper medical care. That's why it's essential to report all injuries involving the head immediately to your employer even if you aren't experiencing symptoms.

Often, symptoms of brain injury don't manifest for hours or even days after the accident. However, the failure to report an accident and potential injury right away could impact your ability to obtain needed workers' compensation benefits later on.

The brain is a complicated and fragile organ. Serious brain injury can have a lasting impact that could keep a person from performing his or her job or even engaging in normal activities for some time. There's no way of knowing right away what the potential medical and rehabilitative costs of a brain injury will be.

If you're having trouble obtaining the workers' compensation benefits that you need and deserve to heal and to support your family while you're unable to work, an experienced Wisconsin workers' compensation attorney can provide important legal guidance.

Source: Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, "Workplace Concussions On The Rise," Paul Stone, accessed Feb. 23, 2017

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