Aside from the heart, the brain is the most central organ of a human being. Your brain is the center of your conscious thoughts as well as the center of many bodily functions. Your nervous system connects your brain to the rest of your body, delivering messages to move, to swallow and so on. Head trauma of any magnitude — whether "minor" or catastrophic — will inevitably affect your health and well-being, sometimes in subtle ways that take time to discover.
If you have suffered a head injury, whether on the job or in your private life away from work, it is important to get medical evaluation and treatment right away. If you have a concussion or a contusion, for example, a doctor may order you to rest to speed along the healing process, thus preventing or allowing you to recover from further complications besides the obvious pain in your head.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by blunt force, jarring or shaking of one's head may result in bruising, swelling or tearing of brain tissue. Symptoms may last for hours, days, weeks or months. Symptoms may include headaches, confusion, moodiness and fatigues. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the accident itself can compound the recovery process. Residual effects of a brain injury may be apparent for years afterward in some cases.
The Effects Of Head Injuries Do Not Always Appear Right Away
If you've suffered a head injury, you may not realize that you have sustained a significant injury that could alter your entire life. Even if you did not lose consciousness, you may have suffered one or more traumatic brain injuries.
If you have concerns regarding head trauma that was inflicted while at work, trust your case to an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can utilize experience and a network of resources in pursuing the benefits and compensation you deserve.
Stay Alert For Symptoms Of Head Trauma
There are many different types of signs and symptoms that head trauma has occurred. These may be small and hardly noticeable, but are serious and require medical attention nevertheless. Some of these signs and symptoms include:
- Changes in behavior
- Alterations in speech
- Problems with memory
- Inability to complete daily tasks
It is essential that friends and loved ones be perceptive to changes in behavior or cognition, as this may be the first sign that the deeper damage has occurred. In many cases, the symptoms and severity may be so subtle that only a professional can identify them through extensive testing.
Concussions Can Be Deceptively Dangerous
In recent years, research has shown that a head injury — even a minor concussion — can cause lifelong brain damage. If you have suffered a concussion at work, it is vital to seek medical help and then the help of a workers' compensation attorney experienced in representing individuals with concussion injuries. For more than 70 years, Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo has been devoted to protecting the rights of injured workers in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania.
Work-Related Brain Injuries Can Cause Long-Lasting Damage
Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any job, from being hit by a falling object while working a construction gig to getting into a car accident while delivering a pizza. Whatever caused your injury, we can help you bring a workers' compensation claim, hold a third party accountable through a negligence claim and/or request Social Security Disability for a permanent disability resulting from the concussion injury.
We understand the devastation concussions and other head injuries can cause, and the years of therapy — both physical and emotional — they can require. We can help you recover fair compensation for the full extent of your past, present and future medical needs, as well as loss of income and other damages you suffered as a result of your work accident.
When Employers Fail To Keep Workers Safe, We Step In
Employers have a duty to keep employees safe while they are on the job. If safety measures are not taken or are disregarded, it can lead to an employee becoming severely injured. At the Philadelphia head injury law firm of Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo, we are serious workers' compensation attorneys who are dedicated to helping our injured clients pursue the workers' compensation benefits that they require.
After head trauma, your life may be forever altered. Your condition may require lifelong medical attention. Without the workers' compensation benefits you deserve from this on-the-job accident, you may be facing large medical bills without the proper wages or income to address those bills.
In addition to helping clients obtain workers' compensation benefits, we are able to guide clients through the process of seeking Social Security Disability benefits if you have been disabled by the head trauma you have suffered.
After A Head Injury, You May Be Entitled To Benefits
Medical treatment, therapy and time off work for rest and recovery can make a great difference in the overall outcome of a person's well-being after a brain injury.
- If your brain injury occurred on the job, consult with a workers' compensation attorney.
- You may also have a third-party liability claim against a person or entity other than your employer. Proceeds from a personal injury lawsuit can go a long way in providing the accommodations that you need to recover as completely as possible after a head trauma incident.
- If your head injury decommissions you for a year or more, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.
Contact an attorney for a free consultation to learn how to maximize the compensation and benefits you are entitled to from any and all sources after a serious brain injury.
Founded By A Former Judge, Strengthened Through 70-Plus Years Of Experience
Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo was founded in 1936 by a former workers' compensation referee and judge, Isadore Krasno. His son and grandson followed in his footsteps, learning from his experience and continually developing their knowledge of workers' compensation laws and the particulars of workplace injuries. Through the decades, our lawyers have stayed current on research involving serious injuries, including recent concussion research.
Damage To A Crucial Organ Requires Careful Attention
Speak with a lawyer at our firm to determine if you have a case. We work on contingency, so you owe us nothing until we recover compensation for your injuries. You can use our email form to contact us, or call us at 215-310-0001 or toll free at 877-794-2396 for a free consultation.