At work, you’re at risk of a traumatic brain injury no matter what industry you work in. If you drive, you could be in a car accident. If you’re a factory worker, you could fall or get caught in machinery. There are many ways for these injuries to occur, which is why so many people suffer every year.
In the United States, around 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Out of those people, around 50,000 die from the injuries and another 235,000 people have to be hospitalized for an extended period of time. If that number seems low, it’s because it doesn’t represent the 1.1 million people who are treated at the emergency room but released after seeing a medical care provider.
Traumatic brain injuries don’t only affect adults. Children and young teens between the ages of 0 and 14 make up around 435,000 emergency room visits, 37,000 hospitalizations and 2,685 deaths.
Fortunately, 75 percent of the traumatic brain injuries that occur are considered to be mild forms of injuries, like mild concussions. Many of these injuries can be treated, and the patient can recover over time. In the meantime, patients who were hurt on the job should be able to receive workers’ compensation. This compensation should cover the cost of approved medical care and give the worker compensation for being unable to work.
If you are injured and unable to return to work, your attorney may be able to help you find additional sources for compensation, like Social Security Disability or other benefits programs.
Source: OCALI, “Traumatic brain injury (TBI) > Facts about TBI,” accessed June 30, 2016