New research was recently published that shows that the risk of stroke is greatly increased when someone has a traumatic brain injury. Researchers found that the link between stroke and traumatic brain injury is quite strong and is as important as the link between stroke and its highest risk factor, high blood pressure. Though more research needs to be done on brain injuries and strokes, this could be an important piece of information for Colorado workers who suffer head injuries.
There are many ways in which someone can injure his or her head at work and there are many individuals in the Denver region who report some kind of head or brain injury while at work. Though many of them use workers’ compensation benefits to take time off and recover from their head injuries, this research could potentially elongate their benefits if they then suffer a stroke.
For an injury to be compensable under the workers’ compensation program, it has to have happened at work. While it is fairly clear that someone who is struck on the head at work and then develops a traumatic brain injury was injured on the job, suffering a stroke might not be. If more information is uncovered about the connection between traumatic brain injury and stroke, however, there could be a greater chance that someone will be able to link it to his or her initial head injury.
Strokes and brain injuries are incredibly common. In fact, they are two of the leading causes of disabilities in adults under the age of 65.
Source: University of Michigan Health System, “Have a brain injury? You may be at higher risk for stroke, U-M study suggests,” June 28, 2013