Why Should Concussions be Taken Seriously?
Concussions have a huge stigma in our society. Most people hear the word concussion and assume that the victim is okay. Perhaps the assumption stems from years of watching sports where an athlete takes an intense hit but jumps back in the game. The truth is, every concussion is a form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even one incident can have a dramatic impact for years.
Although there is increased knowledge within the general population regarding the dangers and prevention of concussions and other TBIs, accident injuries continue occurring in the workplace at an alarming rate.What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a head-related injury where the brain moves around within the skull, typically after an external impact to the head or body. A resulting bouncing or twisting motion of the brain can stretch or otherwise damage brain cells. The injury also triggers a chemical reaction where potassium and calcium ions increase, requiring extra energy expenditure to repair. This energy usage leaves little extra for daily activities and can manifest in the following concussion symptoms:
- Light or noise sensitivity;
- Sluggishness; and
Many concussions repair themselves within a few weeks. However, dependent on the severity of the injury, among other factors, recovery could take months or even longer. Immediately following a head injury, the victim should seek medical advice and adopt a schedule of rest. This includes plenty of sleep and limited activities requiring cognitive thought. Moreover, he or she should slowly ease back to work with light duties while carefully avoiding any additional trauma to the brain.
Returning to a high-stress or physical work environment too early can slow recovery time and perhaps inhibit a full recuperation. Additionally, receiving another concussion while still rehabilitating makes it nearly impossible to recover completely. As mentioned previously, the brain requires a significant amount of energy to repair itself from one TBI, let alone two simultaneous injuries.Pressure to Return to Work
Some employers have a nasty habit of pressuring employees back to work before doctor approval. If this happens to you, resist your company’s demands. If the injury occurred at work and you return before your doctor agrees, a workers compensation claim may be denied. A San Jose, CA concussion injury attorney may be able to help with your case. At Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we understand the immense pressure workplaces put on our clients. Not only will our team of lawyers and medical experts defend your health and your rights, but we will also help determine if a workplace injury claim is an optimal solution for your case. Call us today at (408) 289-1417 to explore your options at no cost.Sources