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What are the early warning signs of a concussion?

A blow to the head can be every bit as serious as it sounds, as this can cause a variety of injuries.

A concussion, for example, is a serious brain injury that can impact your life in many ways. For example, a concussion typically requires quite a bit of rest, meaning that you are unable to do your job for an extended period of time.

It's important to understand the early warning signs of a concussion, as you don't want to ignore this serious injury. These can include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Feeling of pressure in the head, often accompanied by a headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness (temporary)
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

While these are typically the early warning signs of a concussion, others may not set in until hours or days have passed. These can include:

  • Sensitivity to both noise and light
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Issues with memory and concentration
  • Depression
  • Smell and taste disorders
  • Personality changes

As you can see, there is nothing simple about dealing with the aftermath of a concussion. Depending on the severity, it has the potential to alter the way you live.

If you suffer a concussion or any other type of brain injury on the job, report the accident to your supervisor and receive immediate medical attention.

If you're unable to return to work, you should learn more about your right to receive workers' compensation benefits. You'll need this money to get by as you recover, all with the hopes of making your way back to your job in the future.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Concussion," accessed Jan. 10, 2018

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