Concussion At Work?
Work Injury Claims Following Concussion
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can happen when someone suffers a blow to the head or is shaken violently. Construction workers, maintenance workers and landscapers are just some of the types of workers who may suffer a concussion as a result of a workplace accident. If you suffered a concussion or other head injury at work, Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. is here to help. With over 40 years of experience, our skilled work injury lawyers can help you through the entire workers’ compensation process, from filing to appeal.
Causes of Concussions
Workers in any industry may suffer a concussion due to a number of workplace hazards, including being struck on the head by a falling object, falling down or being involved in a car accident. Workers who suffer a concussion should seek medical attention immediately and may have to take several months off work to recover. To prevent concussions and the resulting workers’ compensation expenses, employers should follow proper safety procedures including those recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussions may cause loss of consciousness but are generally not life-threatening. Symptoms of a concussion may not appear immediately, therefore workers may not realize the seriousness of their head injury at first. Common symptoms of a concussion include:
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Impaired coordination
- Impaired speech
- Inability to concentrate
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory problems
- Uneven pupil size
- Unusual eye movement
Post-concussion syndrome can last up to one year after a concussion. Approximately 10 percent of those with concussions develop post-concussion syndrome. The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome are similar to the symptoms of concussions but can also include:
- Changes in behavior and/or emotion
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Recovering From a Concussion
Fortunately, most people recover fully from concussions. However, even minor concussions require time to heal and doctors will often order patients to rest for days, weeks or even months to help ensure a full recovery. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act allows injured workers to obtain benefits for their work-related injuries. If you suffered a concussion at work, the experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. are here to help you get the benefits you deserve while you recover.
Obtaining Compensation for A Concussion
Employers are responsible for providing workers with a safe place to work. When they fail to uphold that duty, workers can suffer serious injuries. Other times, workers are injured due to their own negligence. Regardless of who is at fault for a workplace accident, Pennsylvania workers are eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits to cover their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages.
Workers who suffered a concussion may receive workers’ compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses, including treatments, surgeries and other injury-related expenses such as mileage reimbursements for travel to and from their doctors’ appointments. Workers who miss more than seven days of work may be able to receive wage loss benefits. Depending on the severity of their injury, they may be eligible to receive total disability, which pays two-thirds of their average pre-injury wage, or partial disability, which pays two-thirds of the difference between their pre-injury and post-injury wage.
If a worker’s injury was caused by a third party, the worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against that third party. Third-party personal injury claims can provide injured workers with additional damages not included in workers’ compensation benefits, such as compensation for pain and suffering.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Provide Skilled Legal Representation for Workers Who Suffered a Concussion
If you suffered a concussion due to an accident at work, contact a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can help you determine what types of benefits to which you may be entitled and how to proceed in order to maximize your recovery. We represent clients in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.