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Conditions aboard offshore vessels are often catastrophically unsafe. Even without considering the natural dangers associated with these jobs—such as the unstable nature of the ocean and wet, slippery conditions onboard—human error and negligence can jeopardize an offshore worker’s health just as much, if not more. Employers who do not follow proper safety procedures, employees who are not fully trained, defective equipment, improperly maintained machinery: These and other scenarios create dangerously unsafe environments that can result in all types of offshore injuries, including brain damage and injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) may occur in serious and seemingly minor accidents alike, often as the result of “open head injuries” or “closed head injuries.” Open head or penetrating brain injuries occur when the skull is pierced, such as by a piece of metal. Closed head injuries are caused by sudden impact or blunt force trauma, including the head trauma caused by a fall or being struck by a falling object.

TBI injuries are expensive and can cost millions of dollars in medical care and lost wages over the victim’s lifetime. TBI cases also involve complex legal and medical issues. There is treatment available to help stabilize brain injury victims, and even therapy options to help sufferers manage certain symptoms. However, there is currently no treatment available to actually reverse the damage caused by brain injuries. Victims of brain injury should still seek immediate medical attention; a medical professional will be able to help the victim receive the proper supply of oxygen to the brain in order to prevent further damage.

Head trauma can result for a number of reasons including:

Improper use of heavy equipment;

Use of broken or damaged equipment;

Crew negligence;

Slipping and falling on a wet deck or gangway;

Improper loading or unloading of cargo;

Falling from the personnel basket during crew change.

Symptoms Of Brain Injuries

We know that traumatic brain injury victims face months, years or even a lifetime of surgeries, at-home care, medications and doctor visits. TBI victims can suffer from chronic pain, cognitive problems, orthopedic issues, depression, anger and anxiety. There is a tremendous impact for the families and loved ones as well. TBI symptoms can range from relatively minor—light-headedness and dizziness—to severe: Memory loss, cognitive damage, seizures, and changes in behavior. It is important to realize that any level of damage to the brain will have a direct and profound impact on the individual’s daily life. The victim could suffer from side effects and consequences that could even alter their personality and way of thinking. Symptoms include:

Physical Symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Problems with balance
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Low every level
  • Unequal pupils

Sensory Symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Ringing in ears
  • Inability to smell
  • Bad taste in mouth

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Difficulty remembering
  • Confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Mental fogginess
  • Loss of focus

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Easily angered or upset
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Depression
  • Crying more than usual
  • Lack of interest in usual activities

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If you, or a loved one, sustained an injury while working offshore, there are steps that you can take to protect your legal rights. It is important to know what your options are, and how you can take action to protect yourself and your future after a serious offshore accident. Our attorneys can help you find the information you need.

The team of Maritime Injury Attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm have been helping victims of offshore accidents for many years. We have the knowledge base and experience it takes to get you on the path to recovery. Don’t hesitate to call. We are available 24/7 for a free consultation. We care, we can help.