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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.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

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.

KEYWORDS:

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

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