Concussions are not just a concern for athletes on the field; they can also occur in the workplace. When a worker sustains a concussion on the job, it raises questions about workers’ compensation and how to navigate the process.
You should understand what happens when concussions happen at work and how workers’ compensation may come into play.
The signs of a concussion
Before delving into workers’ compensation, it is important to understand what a concussion is and how to recognize its signs. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury resulting from a blow to the head, often causing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, confusion and memory problems.
Report the injury
If you sustain a concussion at work, you should promptly report it to your supervisor or employer. This report should detail how the injury occurred and your symptoms. Proper documentation is crucial to begin the workers’ compensation process.
Workers’ compensation benefits
Workers’ compensation is a system that provides benefits to employees who get hurt on the job. In 2021, there were 2.6 million nonfatal work injuries reported. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you suffer a concussion while working. These benefits can include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation services.
File a workers’ compensation claim
You must file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance provider to access these benefits. It is crucial to do this promptly to ensure that your claim process is efficient. Be prepared to provide documentation of your injury and any medical treatment you receive.
Receive medical treatment
Once your workers’ compensation claim has made it through the approval process, you can receive medical treatment for your concussion. Following the treatment plan recommended by your healthcare provider to ensure a complete recovery is essential.
Return to work
Your recovery will determine when you can return to work. Depending on the severity of your concussion, you may need some time off to heal. Workers’ compensation can provide partial wage replacement during this period.
Concussions in the workplace are a genuine concern, and understanding the entire process is important. Raising awareness about these issues is a step toward reducing the incidence of workplace concussions and ensuring that those affected have the necessary support and resources to recover and return to work successfully.
For a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you with your Workers’ Compensation Specialist, please contact us at 610-892-9300 or reach us online.