A brain injury is often caused by impact to a person’s head that then interferes with the normal function of the brain. These injuries can range from mild, where there is a brief change in function, to severe where there is an extended period of memory loss or unconsciousness.
They are often caused by falls or being struck by or against an object. These brain injuries can occur in the workplace and cause long-term cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral effects.
Cognitive effects may include memory loss, communication issues, the inability to problem-solve, reason or pay attention. Physical effects may include weakness, fatigue, vision problems or lack of coordination. Symptoms may also include anger, depression, anxiety or impulsive behavior.
If the injured employee is able to, it’s important for him or her to report the injury to their supervisor, note anyone who witnessed the injury and document the incident. This information may be useful later in pursuing workers’ compensation benefits.
When an employee is injured, he or she may have a hard time performing their current job and may need to request accommodations from their employer.
These might include a gradual return to work, part-time or remote work, taking a different position or a role with fewer responsibilities or taking breaks more frequently throughout the day. Depending on the extent of the person’s injuries, these changes may be permanent.
In some situations, the employee may not be able to return to work. An experienced attorney can review the situation, provide advice and pursue compensation on the injured employee’s behalf.