Q: How harmful are blunt force trauma accidents in the workplace?
Blunt force trauma injuries occur when a body part comes into forceful contact with a heavy object. Unlike penetrating injuries, no object enters the body as a result of these accidents.
Blunt force trauma workplace injuries may be caused by a fall from scaffolding or ladders, or result from being struck by machinery or falling materials.
Types of Blunt Force Trauma Injuries
The most common workplace blunt force trauma injuries include:
- Head injuries. When an accident victim’s head sustains trauma, the brain is often jostled inside the skull. This may damage sensitive nerve fibers, leading to a loss of brain function. Bruising or swelling might be the only immediate indication of injury, but failure to seek medical treatment can lead to permanent brain damage.
- Eye injuries. The eye is one of the most delicate bodily organs, and blunt force facial trauma can lead to serious damage. Blunt force trauma may result in anything from a minor black eye to a broken socket or eye bone. If the socket is fractured or broken, surgery may be required to remove or realign broken bone fragments.
- Abdominal injuries. Abdominal trauma is the most common blunt trauma injury. These injuries may cause damage to the liver and spleen, leading to renal failure. The stomach and intestines might also suffer damage as a result of abdominal trauma. As with brain injuries, superficial bruising or swelling may appear to be minor damage, but can be misleading. Abdominal injuries frequently lead to severe underlying damage that requires immediate medical attention.
Compensation for Blunt Force Trauma Injuries
If you suffered blunt force trauma injuries on the job, you’re entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover lost wages and medical bills. You need an attorney who's prepared to fight for you and help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more about what the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., can do for you, visit us on Facebook.