As a construction worker, you likely spend a good deal of your time working on scaffolding, roofs and tall ladders. This puts you at high risk of falling, which, in turn, puts you at high risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
The Mayo Clinic advises that falls are the number one cause of TBIs. These potentially devastating injuries occur when your head violently hits a hard object, such as a floor or the ground. Even the best hard hat cannot protect your brain from “sloshing around” inside your skull and consequently sustaining injury.
One of the most frightening aspects of a TBI is that its symptoms may or may not exhibit themselves immediately after your fall. You may think you are fine and merely sustained a minor bump to your head. Do not lull yourself into a false sense of security, however, and forego immediate medical intervention. TBI symptoms such as the following can occur at any time:
- Sudden loss of consciousness or convulsions
- Dizziness and nausea, often causing vomiting
- Sudden and persistent headache
- Double or blurry vision
- Sudden and persistent tinnitus, i.e., ringing in your ears
Additional TBI symptoms you may notice days or weeks after your fall include the following:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty speaking or finding the right word at the right time
- Difficulty thinking or remembering
- Difficulty maintaining your balance while standing or walking
- Difficulty controlling your emotions, particularly feelings of anger or irritability
Immediate medical assessment required
Your wisest course of action after falling is to seek immediate medical intervention and assessment by a trained head trauma specialist. He or she can order the tests that diagnose a TBI and begin treatment at once if they confirm that you did, indeed, suffer a traumatic brain injury.