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J Safety Res. 2013 Jun;45:133-139.

The burden of traumatic brain injury among adolescent and young adult workers in Washington State.

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Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC), Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington, UW Box 359960, Seattle, WA 98104 USA.



This study describes injury characteristics and costs of work-related traumatic brain injury (WRTBI) among 16-24 year olds in Washington State between 1998 and 2008.


WRTBIs were identified in the Washington Trauma Registry (WTR) and linked to workers' compensation (WC) claims data. Medical and time-loss compensation costs were compared between workers with isolated TBI and TBI with other trauma.


Of 273 WRTBI cases identified, most (61.5%) were TBI with other trauma. One-third of WRTBI did not link to a WC claim. Medical costs averaged $88,307 (median $16,426) for isolated TBI cases, compared to $73,669 (median $41,167) for TBI with other trauma.


Results highlight the financial impact of WRTBI among young workers. Multiple data sources provided a more comprehensive picture than a single data source alone. This linked-data approach holds great potential for future traumatic occupational injury research.


Costs of work-related TBI; Head injuries; Occupational health; Work-related injuries; Workers’ compensation data; Youth

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