Statistics indicate that approximately one in 10 occupational diseases or injuries in Canada cause brain trauma. Of those injuries, could have been prevented. There are also a number of grey areas when it comes to reporting these type of injuries, which can lead to confusion and issues with workers’ compensation claims.
Workers in almost all industries can prevent brain injuries by understanding that head or brain trauma often follows injuries to other body parts. These can include injuries to bones, skin, head, spine, legs, feet, arms, hands, lungs, ears and eyes, which all can significantly increase the odds of a subsequent injury occurring. Many of these injuries can impair a worker’s reaction time, balance and other abilities and skills, compromising their safety.
Slips, trips and falls
Reportedly, approximately 60,000 workers in Canada suffer preventable slips, trips and falls each year. A significant percentage of preventable falls occur not due to elevated work areas or ladders, but in “same-level” circumstances due to slippery surfaces or tripping hazards such as unfortunately placed objects or snaking electrical cords across walkways. Most same-level falls can be prevented by diligent housekeeping to ensure walk surfaces are dry and clear of obstructions.
Factors associated with the type and severity of occupational brain injuries may include the following:
- Age: Younger workers suffer more injuries, but older workers’ injuries are typically more severe.
- Gender: Men are more likely to suffer fatal injuries, but women are more likely to sustain long-term health consequences.
If you have been injured on the job, it’s important to report your injuries to your employer as soon as possible, to set the wheels in motion for your workers’ compensation claim. Having adequate legal help and support in this process can also prove valuable in obtaining the full benefits to which you are entitled. An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can carefully guide you through this process and help fight against any disputed claims, when necessary.