“It’s just a bump on the head” is the phrase you hear from your loved one. The phrase is meant to reassure you that the seemingly minor head injury is just that: a minor injury. But even a simple concussion can have serious symptoms that don’t become noticeable until days or even weeks after the initial injury.
For example, a hard bump on the head may first cause a headache and a bruise. There might be a moment of lost consciousness, but concern may dissipate as the sensation returns. But these symptoms that may also include things like dizziness or vomiting could point to a brain injury. If time passes and symptoms like light sensitivity and memory loss begin to develop, a “bump on the head” may be something much more serious.
For many workers, there are a lot of different ways that a head injury could occur. But if a head injury should occur, even if seemingly minor, it’s wise to get it checked out by a doctor. A record of the injury and recovery process can help, especially if the worker needs to pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
More information about concussion symptoms can be found on the Mayo Clinic website here.