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You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a brain injury 

| Feb 1, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

When many people think about brain injuries, they usually assume that victims will have blacked out for a while following the initial blow. They think about a boxer getting knocked out in the second round or a driver who is pulled unconscious from a crashed car by emergency crews. 

These things do happen, but remember that every case doesn’t have to involve a loss of consciousness. Say you’re a truck driver who decides to help the loading crew one day when they’re a person short. In the process of loading the truck, one of the boxes falls and strikes you in the head. You could absolutely have a concussion or another traumatic brain injury (TBI), even if you were conscious the entire time. 

What are other signs of a concussion?

Some signs of a concussion or brain injury following a blow to the head include forgetting events, feeling nauseated and experiencing sensitivity to lights and sounds. With a severe brain injury, you could have trouble with mobility, issues forming new memories, learning difficulties and much more. 

How long will symptoms last?

There is no blanket answer. For some, it’s a few days. For others, it’s weeks or months. No matter how long it lasts, remember that it’s easier to get a second concussion after a first. Your brain is fragile and injury risks increase. 

What are your options after a brain injury at work?

If you have suffered a TBI on the job, you need to know exactly what legal options you have, how to seek medical treatment and how to get the workers’ compensation process underway. Having experienced, dedicated lawyers on your side gives you the edge.