We’ve learned a lot about concussions in recent years. For example, we know that repeated concussions, as well as other brain injuries, can cause significant physical, emotional and cognitive issues well into a person’s future.

Pro football players aren’t the only ones whose jobs put them at risk of suffering a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). People in many lines of work are at risk on a regular basis. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25% of all fatal workplace-related TBIs are suffered by construction workers. They also suffer more non-fatal brain injuries every year than people in any other line of work.

Following are the most common types of workplace accidents that can cause a concussion or TBI. Some are likely to occur only in construction or other dangerous occupations. However, others could happen to most anyone.

  • Falling objects
  • Slips and falls
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Explosions

Another thing we’ve learned about concussions and TBIs is that they sometimes aren’t readily apparent after an accident. A person may appear — and feel — fine and go right back to work, only to find later that they’ve suffered a serious or even life-threatening brain injury. That’s why it’s best for anyone who’s suffered a blow to the head to get immediate medical attention.

Head injuries can take time to fully heal. It’s essential to listen to your doctor and not return to work until they say you’re ready. If your head injury was suffered on the job, you should be able to get the workers’ compensation you need and deserve to care for yourself and your family until that time comes.