A workplace injury is as likely to happen in Ohio as it is in any other state. In many cases, an occupational injury may involve a sprain or lower back issues, especially if you are performing some sort of manual labor. These are treatable and possess consequences, but there are other types of injuries that can occur on the job that are often much worse. One of these is brain injury.
Traumatic brain injurys occur when a blow to the head shakes the brain. Events that can cause this include a car accident or a fall — two incidents that can easily occur while working. The consequences of a brain injury are numerous and can creep up on a person later in life, in addition to any damage that is immediately seen.
Many people that receive brain injurys do not know that they have sustained damage because it is not visible to the naked eye. One man — an active member of the military — was in Afghanistan riding as a gunner in a mounted patrol unit when an improvised explosive device went off. He was lucky enough to come away unscathed, but he had hit his head. He had blacked out for a few seconds.
According to reports, the traumatic brain injury is a signature injury of the wars that America has been involved in during the past decade. The military, like other civilian groups, is trying to educate soldiers and people about traumatic brain injury so that more people will seek treatment. Without treatment, a brain injury can result in extremely dire complications.
Currently, the military is working with the National Football League — another organization plagued by people with concussions, often more than one — to better understand the injury. In addition, they are trying to make it so that players in the NFL and soldiers in the military realize the dangers of the injury, that it should not be written off as nonexistent because it cannot be seen.
Source: DVIDS, “Military, NFL tackle traumatic brain injury,” Ashley Curtis, Oct. 8, 2012