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How brain injuries affect the body

According to many scientists and medical professionals, the human brain could be considered the most complex system known to man. Its proper functioning is essential to human life. But, head injuries do occur, and a serious head injury could leave someone with catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

Brain injuries are not uncommon in the United States. In fact, in the year 2013 there were approximately 2.8 million visits to hospital emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries. Common causes of brain injuries include falls, which accounted for 47 percent of all emergency room visits. An impact between the head and an object was also a common reason for traumatic brain injuries. It is not a coincidence that both those types of injuries are also common in construction accidents, including crush injuries.

A severe strike to the head could lead to an injury with long-term or even life-long consequences, including memory loss, headaches, personality changes, depression, dizziness and movement loss and a loss of one's senses. These can affect not only a person's ability to function at home, but could severely impact or even limit the person's ability to go back to work.

Workers in the United States who have suffered a traumatic brain injury while on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation for their injuries. This could help provide some financial relief while the victim is out of work recovering from the injuries, and may cover their medical expenses and rehabilitation costs as well.

Source: Centers for Disease Control, "Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussions," Accessed on July 17, 2017

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