Traumatic Workplace Brain Injury Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
A workplace accident that results in a brain and head injury can be quite serious and often have long-lasting, devastating effects. Sadly, the occurrence of traumatic brain injury in the workplace occurs all too often. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, approximately 7,300 fatal occupational traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurred in the United States between 2003 and 2008. The rate for non-fatal TBI injuries is estimated to be even greater.
If a worker suffers a brain or head injury at work, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers with TBI can include medical benefits,wage loss benefits, compensation for the cost of rehabilitation and disability benefits during their recovery.
Common Causes of a Brain Injuries at Work
There are some common risk factors that contribute to head and brain injuries at work. According to the Brain Injury Institute, about 20% of TBI-related work injuries are due to falling, slipping or tripping on uneven or wet surfaces, or as a result of an object that was not in the correct place.
Some occupational industries and specific types of professions are more prone to suffer a work-related TBI, simply due to the inherent dangers that are present in their everyday work. Risky industries include construction workers, agricultural workers and drivers.
According to MedlinePlus, there are two different types of head injuries:
- Open head injuries: This type of TBI occurs when a person’s skull is penetrated by another object. These types of TBI are easy to identify due to the obvious nature of the wound.
- Closed head injuries: This injury occurs when a person’s head is struck by another surface or object, but their skull is not penetrated.
Sometimes, it may be difficult to recognize if a person has suffered a closed head TBI. There are signs or symptoms that a person exhibits when they have experienced a head or brain injury. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, important indications of a TBI include:
- nausea with or without vomiting
- blurred vision
- tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- hearing loss
- loss of coordination
If a worker presents with any of these symptoms, they require immediate medical treatment.
Compensation for a Traumatic Brain or Head Injury at Work in Delaware County, PA
Have you been in a work-related accident and suffered a life-altering injury, such as a concussion or other head trauma? You may be entitled to monetary damages for your medical expenses and lost wages under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law. At the Media, PA law firm of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, we represent individuals with brain injuries that were sustained while at work. We have the experience, compassion and determination to help accident victims and their families recover the full compensation to which they are entitled, whether the employee works in Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Berks County, Chester County, or any outlying county in the state.
The life of a person suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other head trauma can change forever. With ongoing medical problems, personality changes and lifestyle adjustments, it may not be possible for an employee to return to the job after a TBI. The knowledgeable Media, PA Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias will demonstrate for the court not only the severity of the brain injury and the amount of money it will take to accommodate medical needs such as CT scans, MRIs or other special tests and treatments, but our experienced attorneys will also address the issues of lost wage benefits.
While the effects of a brain injury can vary depending on the location and extent of the brain damage, victims and their families may endure debilitating physical and emotional challenges. Vocational challenges that make it difficult or impossible to return to the workforce may include the inability to focus or problem solve combined with other brain injury symptoms. Individuals suffering from a mild brain injury may be capable of working still, but may require vocational retraining in a new career. We help injured workers and other injured clients across the state of Pennsylvania obtain the monetary damages they need to move on with their lives and live their lives to the fullest extent possible.
Our Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
The Media, PA Workers’ Compensation attorneys of Schmidt, Kirifides & Rassias, with offices conveniently located in Media and Philadelphia, are more than happy to sit with you and gather the details and facts necessary to assess your brain injury or head trauma claim. Our highly experienced attorneys possess a combined total of more than 60 years of experience. In addition, our attorneys’ experience dealing with insurance companies is an asset that has proven effective in recovering the full compensation our clients are entitled to for their injuries. Call us today at (484) 679-5239 or contact us online for a free consultation.