You fall at work. You're on the top of a ladder when someone bumps it and you lose your balance. You don't fall far, but you hit your head on the way down. Everything goes dark for a moment, and then you wake up to find people looking down at you.
You're not sure how bad the injury is. You think you may have a concussion, which is a brain injury. What signs should you be looking for? A few of them include:
- You feel very tired and drowsy, and it's hard for you to stay awake or wake up.
- The pupil in one eye is bigger than the one in your opposite eye.
- You have a serious headache. Rather than fading, it just gets worse and will not go away.
- You feel numb or weak.
- You start slurring your words, and others notice the changes in your speech pattern.
- You feel confused.
- You don't remember the accident and/or struggle with other memories from the day.
- You throw up or feel nauseated.
- You suffer from convulsions or seizures.
- You are easily agitated.
- Your eyes are very sensitive to light.
Above all else, the fact that you lost consciousness in the fall is a significant warning sign and means you must seek medical assistance right away. It doesn't matter if you were only unconscious for just for a few seconds or maybe not at all. A concussion is still very serious.
As you move forward, make sure you also know what rights you may have to seek workers' compensation and perhaps to civil legal remedies.