When an employee is exposed to unsafe work conditions, the consequences can be catastrophic. Few people in Franklin, Ohio, worry about the chances that this could happen; this is a mistake. Without attentive workers, supervisors and proper regulations, the workplace could quickly become a hazardous environment for employees. From time to time, the workplace does devolve into this and it has left many individuals injured, some with moderate injuries and others with severe ones.
One of the most traumatic injuries an individual — worker or otherwise — can experience is a brain injury. Depending on the severity of the damage, it could result in permanent caretaking. Imagine going to work one day, perfectly healthy, and sustaining a severe brain injury while on the job. You might be put into a coma for a while and will likely spend some time in the hospital. When you wake up from that coma, you could find yourself unable to walk, talk or care for yourself.
Many people who sustain brain injuries discover this is their new reality. They have to relearn everything. One woman who sustained a brain injury said that it was like the damage reverted her back to a baby. There is also the possibility that in addition to physical limitations, you may become emotionally limited as well; many cases of brain damage have resulted in drastic personality changes. The amount of frustration that goes with this — for the individual as well as loved ones around her or him — can become massive. Having your former condition stolen from you so suddenly and permanently is alarming and hurtful. It can cause physical, emotion and financial issues to arise. This is why many people who believe that their employers are at fault for a detrimental injury — whether it caused brain damage or not — contact a lawyer. By filing a claim against the responsible party, you may be able to recover some of what was lost.
Source: Whitecourt Star, “Bouncing back from brain injuries” Celia Ste Croix, Jun. 10, 2013