Concussions And Head Injuries
Head injuries and concussions are among the most serious types of injuries workers can suffer. These injuries can affect mental capacity, vision, memory, motor function and emotional state. Post concussion syndrome can also result from head injuries suffered at work.
If you suffer a head injury in the workplace kindly contact us. We will review your case for free to determine how to get the proper treatment and compensation for your claim.
Workers’ comp cases involving head injuries are not easy to diagnose and many times they are not properly treated through workers’ compensation. Our firm is familiar with doctors in the area who have had success in treating work-related head injuries and post concussion syndrome.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs after one significant blow or a series of repeated blows to the head. Blunt impact pushes the brain and skull back and forth, but the damage caused by the concussion may not be immediately understood.
Some common causes of concussion include falls, impact from heavy machinery, car accidents, getting hit on the head by a falling object, etc.
As soon as you get injured, inform your employer if you are able and ask them to send you to a doctor. If it is an emergency, you can visit the closest emergency center.
If your symptoms progress, you will need to see a doctor that specializes in head trauma.
Short-term symptoms of concussion include headache, bleeding or pain in the head and short-term memory loss. Long-term symptoms of concussion can be far more severe. They include:
- Physical symptoms: Headaches, nausea, weakness and fatigue. Victims may also experience a loss of senses.
- Mental/emotional symptoms: Injuries to the brain affect every aspect of a person’s life, including their emotions, personality, and mental health. These side effects could cause victims to suffer from anxiety, anger, depression, or make them irrational.
- Cognitive symptoms: Traumatic brain injuries can also affect a person’s cognitive function. This means victims may find it harder to concentrate, decrease motor skills, have memory loss, slurred speech and confusion.
Workers’ Compensation For Concussion
Workers’ compensation coverage is a right provided to employees to protect themselves from workplace-related injuries. Employers hire insurance companies to represent them by paying for the medical expenses, lost wages, and death associated with the work done in the business. The amount of compensation you could get in a concussion case is determined by the medical treatment you need, the time that you miss from work, any permanent damage done to your body and the impact on your ability to work. Workers’ compensation usually pays for the medical costs, lost wages, any percentage of permanent disability, and in some cases loss of earning capacity.
If you have suffered a work-related head injury or concussion, give us a call at Platt Law Firm PC on 515-346-6659. We will help you understand your rights and work with you on your case if necessary.