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How can a concussion at work lead to workers’ compensation?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

A stereotype surrounds concussions, making them out to be minor injuries. In reality, concussions can have significant repercussions, including in the workplace.

They can affect job performance and lead to workers’ compensation.

The nature of concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body. Concussions can result in various symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and confusion. These symptoms can persist for days, weeks or even longer, depending on the severity of the injury.

Impact on job performance

Concussions can significantly impair job performance. Employees may experience difficulties concentrating, processing information and making decisions. Tasks that require focus and coordination, such as operating machinery or driving, can become hazardous. Moreover, cognitive symptoms such as memory problems and reduced processing speed can hinder productivity and accuracy at work.

Workers’ compensation for concussions

When an employee sustains a concussion at work, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits cover medical expenses, lost wages due to time off work and disability benefits if the injury results in long-term impairment. However, to qualify for workers’ compensation, the injury must be work-related and reported to the employer within a specified timeframe.

Medical attention

Prompt medical attention is important. Even seemingly mild concussions require evaluation by a healthcare professional to rule out serious complications and ensure proper treatment. Delaying or neglecting medical care can worsen symptoms and prolong recovery time.

A concussion at work can have significant implications for employees. Understanding the potential impact and the workers’ compensation process is helpful.

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