Head Injury at Work Claims: How to Prevent Head Injuries
Head injuries can vary greatly in severity from bruising to laceration to concussion or even a fractured skull or brain injury. Even fairly minor head injuries can cause long-lasting symptoms such as dizziness and headaches. According to the Center for Disease Control, even mild head injuries can result in neurological and cognitive impairment. More serious head injuries can cause permanent disability and sometimes death.
According to the charity Headway, in 2013-14 there were 162,544 hospital admissions for head injuries. That equates to 445 every day, or one every three minutes. Men are 1.6 times more likely than women to be admitted for head injury but data reveals women are increasingly at risk and appear to be catching up with their male counterparts.
Head injuries can be caused by various accidents including road traffic accidents, slips, trips and falls, playing sports and accidents at work.
Whether you are an employer, supervisor or worker, if you work in a dangerous industry such as on a construction site, injury prevention is important. It is a lot easier to prevent an accident from happening than to make things right after the event.
One of the most serious injuries you can sustain at work is a blow to the head. Often head injuries at work could be prevented by the use of protective equipment. Hard hats have been around for decades in an attempt to mitigate the damage when a worker’s head is struck by a falling object. Most hard hats are designed to protect against impact and penetration from falling objects.
Every employer has a duty to minimise the risk of accidents or injury. If they fail to do this and you are injured as a result, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Employers have a duty to provide hard hats to employees and to ensure hard hats are worn when there is a risk of head injury. Self-employed workers should provide their own hard hats and ensure they wear them.
One major challenge faced by solicitors, medical professionals and injured people themselves involves assessing the extent of a head injury.
At Aston Knight Solicitors, a local solicitors in Bury, our team of specialist serious injury solicitors have experience of head injury claims and understand how suffering a head injury can impact the injured person as well as their family. If you have suffered a head injury in an accident which was not your fault, Aston Knight solicitors may be able to help you make a personal injury claim. To discuss your individual case in more detail, contact us on 0800 999 6661.