Workers’ Compensation For Brain And Head Injuries In Pennsylvania
Your brain is the center of your conscious thoughts and bodily functions. Your nervous system connects your brain to the rest of your body, delivering messages to move, to swallow, and live your life. 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 or someone you love has suffered a head injury or brain trauma on the job, it is important to seek medical evaluation and treatment right away. For instance, if you have a concussion or a contusion, a doctor may order you to rest to speed along the healing process. This may prevent further complications or allow you to recover from other conditions beside the pain in your head.
Understanding Traumatic Brain Injuries And Concussions
According to MedlinePlus, the National Institutes of Health’s website for patients and families, 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 not be obvious right away, and when they do appear, they may last for hours, days, weeks, or months.
Concussions are the “mildest” form of brain injury. Symptoms of concussions may include headaches, nausea, ringing in the ears, confusion, moodiness, and fatigue. 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.
Stay Alert For Symptoms Of Head Trauma
There are many signs and symptoms that head trauma has occurred. Some symptoms are a bit milder like the concussion symptoms mentioned above. However, moderate or severe TBI symptoms can be rather dramatic, including:
- Changes in behavior
- Convulsions or seizures
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- 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 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.
The Effects Of Head Injuries Do Not Always Appear Right Away
If you’ve suffered a head injury at work, 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 use their experience and resources to pursue the benefits and compensation you deserve.
There were 20,486 documented head injuries in Pennsylvania workplaces in 2017. That’s more than 11 percent of all worker injuries. Whether you’re dealing with a brain injury, eye trauma, or other facial damage, Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo will fight for the compensation you deserve.
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 understand the devastation it can bring and the years of therapy—both physical and emotional—it can require.
Let our legal team 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 because 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.
Your life may be forever altered due to head trauma and your condition may require lifelong medical attention. Without getting the 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.
At the Pennsylvania 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 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. Remember:
- 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 apersonal 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
Delivering Experience And Client-Centric Service In Your Case
Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo was founded in 1936 by a former Workers’ Compensation Referee and Judge. Through the decades, our team has stayed current on research involving serious injuries, including recent concussion research. We’ve also remained dedicated to putting each client first, ensuring we do everything we can to do what’s best. This dedication is reflected in our longevity, as well as the more than 150 positive online reviews we’ve received from our clients.
Speak To An Attorney Today About Your Head Injury Claim
Learn whether you have a case for workers’ compensation benefits after an on-the-job head injury. Schedule your free consultation today by emailing us or calling 800-952-9640 to talk with an experienced Pennsylvania head injury attorney today.