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Workers are often exposed to potentially damaging situations

A brain or spine injury can happen to anyone, anywhere. This is a scary but important realization that many people in Franklin, Ohio, have not come to terms with. Severe brain and spinal cord injuries are often life-changing and may require permanent caretaking for the victim. This often means that their life and the lives of loved ones are changed forever.

There are many ways that a person can sustain such damage. Some acquire the damage when in a car accident. The sudden impact caused by rapid deceleration risks a person’s brain and spine being thrown in an unexpected way. This can cause the brain to knock up against the skull or nerves in the spinal cord to become severed. Both of these injuries must be treated promptly and properly to limit the severity of the damage.

Some acquire these injuries while on the job. Many work environments allow for situations during which rapid deceleration happens. Say a worker falls from a ladder to the concrete floor. What if they are hit in the head with a piece of large equipment? Though the equipment may not stop right away, the damage will likely be severe. When brain injurys are not properly treated, the victim runs the risk of long-term damage.

Such long-term damage includes chronic traumatic encephalopathy and heightened chances for conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. These conditions often result in adverse behaviors in the victim. Symptoms of CTE and brain injurys in general include headache, dizziness, disorientation, confusion, poor judgment, unsteadiness, impaired speech and poor concentration. Severe spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis. If you or a loved one has sustained a brain or spinal cord injury, consider hiring an attorney to seek damages against the responsible party. Both types of injuries can result in large expenses, something that a lawsuit may be able to help with.

Source: My Daily Tribune, “March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month,” Kelly Roush, March 26, 2013

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