Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace
Traumatic Brain Injuries & Their Symptoms
Traumatic brain injuries occur when an individual experiences a violent blow to the body or head from an external force. This is different from a head injury, as it involves internal damage to the brain. Because the brain controls the thoughts, emotions, and even physical capabilities, traumatic injuries can alter an individual's demeanor, ability to perform everyday functions, and even capacity to work and earn a living.
Traumatic brain damage can occur due to burst blood vessels or concussions. It can also occur in the aftermath of initial trauma due to lack of blood flow, which is often more dangerous and capable of causing more fatalities. These types of injuries can lead to extensive and non-reversible brain damage that severely affects both victims and families for the rest of their lives.
Some common symptoms of brain injury include:
- Abnormal fatigue
- Changes in personality
Traumatic brain injuries can occur on the work site, especially in industries that involve a significant amount of physical work and heavy machinery, such as the construction industry. If you or a loved one has suffered brain trauma due to a workplace accident, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention, as the situation may be life-threatening.
When your medical needs have been attended to, hiring a well-informed Los Angeles workers comp lawyer is vital for obtaining fair and adequate monetary compensation.
Common Effects of TBI
A TBI can result in varying levels of debilitation depending on the specific area of the brain that is affected. People afflicted with severe TBIs often cannot fully recover from their injuries, requiring round-the-clock care after their accident. While some function can be restored over time with extensive therapy, returning to a fully functioning state is often impossible.
TBIs can cause any combination of the following permanent effects:
- Reduced cognitive function
- Limited sensory processing
- Loss of communication skills
- Personality changes
In some cases, TBIs can cause victims to fall into a coma or perpetually vegetative state. Despite modern advancements in medical technology, no cure has been discovered to repair damaged brain tissue. If you or a loved one have been affected with a TBI, it is imperative that you contact a highly knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer from our firm to seek fair and adequate monetary compensation.
What Compensation Can I Recover?
Due to the severely debilitating nature of TBIs, those who are afflicted are almost always unable to return to work after their accident. Under California law, those who suffer TBIs as a result of workplace accidents can seek disability benefits under their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. These benefits can cover a wide range of losses related to on-the-job injuries and will vary in amount depending on the extent of a person’s injuries.
Compensation can be awarded for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
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