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Did you receive a brain injury in the workplace?

Workplace injuries are supposed to be fully covered by workers' compensation insurance. However, for injured workers to claim their full benefits, they need to understand the nature of their injuries and the ways that those injuries are diagnosed. That way they can be sure they have all the medical substantiation of their conditions necessary to meet the requirements in the law. Most of the time, this is not a difficult task to achieve, because most injuries are fairly apparent. Even when they involve internal damage, such as when an organ is injured, typical symptoms tend to be easy for injured workers to identify and seek help with. Brain injuries are a little bit different.

Know the facts about brain injury

One of the most commonly misunderstood forms of injury is traumatic brain injury, or TBI. It affects more people than most generally realize, and because the effects of such injuries tend to take a long time to reveal themselves, spotting signs of a TBI can be difficult. At the same time, though, they can be most effectively treated if they are caught early, so learning to identify when you or someone else has received a brain injury can make a big difference in the prospects for recovery by helping to insure that injured people do not -injure themselves.

The connection between sleep quality and concussions

Concussions can be traumatic at the time they happen, but many people don't realize that a brain injury of this nature can also have many lasting consequences. These issues can remain problematic for months or even years after the injury, and one of the biggest concerns post-concussion is sleep. For up to 18 months, those who have experienced a concussion are likely to struggle with problems sleeping. However, the issues they have with sleep aren't what most people would expect.

Ravens player encourages concussion education

Baltimore Ravens player Jameel McClain discussed the "ethic of playing through pain" in the NFL, using his own experience as an example. In his rookie year he took a shot to the head and felt dizzy, and though he wanted to play, the team doctors kept him out of the game. McClain said that the ethic of pushing through the pain like the pros do may be trickling down into youth sports, and is pushing for awareness about the long-term damage of concussions.

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