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Recognizing the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be one of the most serious and debilitating types of injuries you can get while on the job. The effects of a TBI can be long-lasting and life-changing. It’s important to know how to recognize one so you can get the help you need as soon as possible.

 

What is a TBI?

A TBI can occur after experiencing a violent hit or jolt to the head. In the workplace, falls are one of the most common causes of TBIs.

A TBI interrupts your brain’s normal function. Some TBIs, like concussions, usually have temporary side effects. Others can induce bruising and bleeding of the brain. Any TBI can make it difficult to carry out even the simplest of tasks, such as sleeping, talking or walking.

Warning signs

A TBI can have both physical and psychological side effects. Here are some common symptoms that may point to a TBI:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Memory problems
  • Changes in mood
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

Costs of a TBI

A TBI can keep you from doing your job. When you’re stuck at home trying to recover from a TBI, you may be losing the wages you need to support yourself or your family.

TBIs may also require extensive medical treatment. Costly medical bills can accumulate quickly. If your treatment is ongoing, you may not be able to easily afford the long-term care you need.

Don’t wait to seek help

In California, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you wait too long, it could hurt your chances of receiving the maximum compensation you need to manage your injury and pay for your expenses.

A TBI can change your life. Don’t let fear or confusion keep you from seeking the benefits you may be entitled to.

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