Workers’ Compensation For Brain Injuries
Often, when we think of brain injuries, we think of traumatic brain injuries. However, TBIs are only one kind of brain injury that can occur. Additionally, it’s important to understand that brain injuries can occur in absolutely any profession. While severe head injuries are certainly most common in the construction and industrial industries, brain injuries can happen anywhere. Carbon monoxide poisoning in the workplace, due to ill-maintained carbon monoxide detectors or issues with the building, can result in hypoxic brain injuries. Mild hypoxic brain injury symptoms can include things like headaches, nausea, and dizziness, while serious hypoxic brain injuries can cause seizures, coma, and even death. Additionally, slip-and-fall accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, and these can happen anywhere. The majority of traumatic brain injuries are caused by slip-and-fall accidents that happen on one level, as opposed to from a height, such as a ladder or platform. This means that an employee who slips on a piece of paper on their office floor is just as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury from the fall as someone working in construction. Brain injuries can be highly impactful and disruptive to your way of life, so it’s important to make sure that you can get the medical care and financial support that you need to recover.
Types of Workplace Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries can cause headaches, migraines, visual and auditory changes, as well as behavioral and cognitive issues. People who suffer a TBI may experience personality changes, such as becoming more angry and irritable, and may develop depression and cognitive difficulties. Concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries can also occur, resulting in short-term symptoms such as unconsciousness that lasts up to 30 minutes, and amnesia for up to 24 hours following the accident. Brain hemorrhage, which occurs due to bleeding from or around the brain, can occur due to a severe hit to the head and have devastating effects.
Workers’ Compensation for Brain Injuries
If you have suffered a brain injury at your place of work and in the course of your employment, and you are classified as an employee, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation benefits include all necessary medical care, as well as full or partial wage replacement while you recover. It’s important to notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible after the accident to file a workers’ compensation claim. If your claim is denied or you are struggling to get the coverage that you need, a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the benefits and financial settlement that you need.
Talk to the O’Donnell Law Offices
If you have suffered a workplace brain injury and you are struggling to get the compensation and support that you are entitled to, our lawyers are ready to help. Schedule a free initial consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton and Pittston at 570-821-5717 or online today. There is no fee or costs until we win your case.