Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are some of the most devastating injuries workers face as a result of an accident on the job. TBIs have the potential to cause significant long-term and even lifelong harm.
When a worker sustains a TBI, it is always serious, even if it’s classified as a mild TBI. Here’s what you should know about traumatic brain injuries in the workplace:
Research Points to Lack of Training and Supervision as the Culprit of TBIs
According to one study, workers believe that nearly 80% of work-related TBIs are preventable. What’s more, about 25% to 50% of workers reported they didn’t get the job, health, and safety training necessary to prevent such accidents.
Additionally, less than half of all workers surveyed in the study reported that they are regularly supervised. Of those who reported regular supervision, two-thirds stated that it was adequate. Furthermore, 77% to 84% of study participants were provided recommendations to rest and take time off to recover from the injury.
Most workers in the study reported they believed that proper supervision and training could have prevented their injuries.
Demographics May Play a Role in Work-Related TBIs
According to another study, most workplace TBI patients had the following characteristics:
- Middle-aged (mean, 43.62)
- Male (male:female 18:1)
- Mostly healthy
- High school level education
- Construction industry workers
Additionally, most of those who suffered a workplace TBI as a result of a construction accident were injured due to a fall. Most of the patients (76.8%) sustained a mild TBI, and a small portion (14%) of them required neurosurgery.
The most common type of injury sustained was a skull fracture. Most injured workers were hospitalized for an average of seven days and were then sent home. A total of 8.01% of the study participants lost their lives to their injuries.
If you’ve been impacted by a work-related TBI or any other type of injury, you may be eligible for compensation. Let our team see if we can help you recover it.