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Signs of an underlying injury you should never ignore

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Incidents at work happen, even if you take all of the necessary safety precautions. Construction is a dangerous industry due to the higher probability of accidents.

You may not give much thought to a trip and fall or a knock on the head. However, you should start paying attention to the signals your body is sending that indicate something is wrong.

You experience flu-like symptoms

Any bump to the head may injure the brain, even if you do not have many outward signs at first. Remain diligent in recognizing the symptoms of a brain injury, as they do not always present in the immediate aftermath. If you start experiencing flu symptoms a day or two after a head injury, take these as signs that the brain is in distress.

Two of the most common indications that you have an underlying brain injury include an intensifying headache and a change in your digestion. For instance, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea are signs of a virus and a head injury.

You have a bruise on your belly that gets worse

A trip or fall may send you careening down or into a hard surface, striking your abdomen. This vulnerable part of the body may not feel like it has damage at the time, but keep a close eye on it over the days following. If a bruise appears and becomes large and very dark, you may have an active bleed. Internal bleeds in the abdomen especially may require emergency surgery if unattended.

Pay close attention to the way you feel following what you believe is a minor construction site incident, and seek medical help to ensure things do not get worse. If you do an on-the-job injury, give our team a call and schedule a no-stress, no-obligation consultation on how to proceed.