Unfortunately, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common workplace injuries, even among workers who spend their days sitting in cubicles. About 20 percent of brain injuries in the workplace occur not due to falling objects or machinery accidents, but due to slip-and-fall accidents on uneven or wet surfaces or on objects that are out of their normal places.
Here are a few things you should know about TBI and occupational accidents and what you can do to prevent them.
Falls Are a Leading Cause of TBI
You may think your workplace is safe and that you're not likely to suffer a TBI on the job. But one spilled cup of coffee or dropped fountain pen can make your workplace hazardous. Falls are a leading cause of TBI fatalities, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Some industries that have the highest rates of TBIs include the following:
- Emergency medical services
Preventing TBI in the Workplace
When you take steps to protect yourself in the workplace, you can prevent many injuries that lead to TBI. Always wear appropriate safety equipment and follow safety procedures. If you drive during the course of your workday, avoid texting or talking on the phone while behind the wheel. Wear hard hats, appropriate footwear, gloves, safety goggles, and other gear when called for.
Don't be afraid to discuss workplace safety with your supervisor or coworkers. Sources of TBI in the workplace can include truck and motor vehicle accidents, accidents with equipment and machinery, slip-and-fall accidents, and falling objects. Some causes of workplace TBIs can be difficult or impossible to foresee.
Contact a Brain Injury Workers Comp Lawyer
A TBI is a serious injury that you shouldn't have to manage alone. If you have suffered a TBI at work, talk to a lawyer today to find out whether you are entitled to workers compensation.Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge you need on your side. Call an attorney at Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP at 212-385-9190 or complete the form on our website today.