Louisiana residents who work as seamen or dock workers could easily become involved in an accident. Of the many injuries they could suffer a blow to the head is considered one of the most serious for a variety of reasons. However, what many people do not realize is that there is a difference between a traumatic brain injury and a head injury.
A head injury often involves the skull and the outer layers of the brain — above the dura matter, which is a tough membrane inside the skull. Two other layers provide a barrier between the skull and the brain. People often bleed faster from injuries above the dura matter since it is arterial bleeding.
Just because a head injury may not immediately involve the brain does not mean that it will not. This is due to fluids that can build up and put pressure on the brain. Because the skull is closed, there is nowhere for the fluids, blood or brain to go when damage occurs. A head injury can quickly become a traumatic brain injury. Any trauma to the skull could turn into trauma for the brain.
Whether the brain swells or the fluid buildup puts destructive pressure on the brain, a TBI can result. An injury to this vital organ can have numerous effects on an individual. One of the dangers of a TBI is that he or she may not realize the situation is as serious as it may be. This is due in part to the fact that bleeding below the dura matter is slower, so the effects of it may not be readily apparent.
Whether a Louisiana resident working in the maritime or admiralty industries suffers a head injury or a TBI, it could result in the need for a significant period of recovery. During that time, medical costs, lost wages and other damages start to add up for the injured individual. It may be possible to receive compensation for these injuries if they were suffered at work. These industries do not fall under traditional workers’ compensation, so injured parties may want to discuss the rights and legal options available with an attorney experienced in handling claims of this nature.