Workers’ Compensation for Workplace Related Traumatic Brain Injury

July 29, 2016

Head injuries from workplace accidents are not limited to the construction industry. Although traumatic brain injury and head injuries in general are a bit more common in construction, any worker in any industry can suffer a head injury at work. The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has rules and regulations that govern workplace safety and the prevention of head injuries, yet these injuries continue to occur with alarming frequency. If you have suffered a head injury in a workplace accident, make sure that you seek immediate medical attention and report the accident or injury to your employer immediately. The signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injury do not always show up immediately after the injury.

If you file a workers’ compensation claim, it includes coverage for medical expenses related to the workplace injury, doctor visits, prescriptions and even physical therapy, partial wage-replacement for temporary disability payments for time lost at work due to the injury, and disability benefits for permanent disabilities.

What is traumatic brain injury?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injury is an injury to the head which can change the way your brain normally works. It is caused by an external force to the head. Traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe, with mild TBIs accounting for about 75 percent of all TBIs. Traumatic brain injury can potentially affect cognitive function, motor function, sensation, and emotions. Some of the most common causes of TBI include falls, being struck by an object (or a person) and motor vehicle accidents. Many of these types of accidents can occur in the workplace.

Workplace accidents that can cause TBI

Here are some examples of workplace accidents that can result in a traumatic brain injury:

  • Objects falling from above
  • Falling from heights
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Penetrating head wound
  • Motor vehicle accidents

Brain injuries can be a bit complicated due to the wide range of symptoms and the fact that it shows up differently for every person. TBI does not always show up on a MRI or a CT scan, and an unskilled physician may not be able to properly diagnose the symptoms. Also, when symptoms come and go it can appear as it the employee is perfectly fine. If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after a workplace accident, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney from the law from of Larry Pitt & Associates, who will protect your right to compensation when you have been injured on the job.

A traumatic brain injury can have life-long consequences for an injured worker. When you sustain an injury or develop a medical condition in the course of your job duties, Larry Pitt & Associates will fight for your future and your family’s future. We proudly serve Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties; contact us today or call 888.PITT.LAW for a free consultation with a skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer.