Head Injuries from Workplace Accidents
Published in Workers Compensation on October 21, 2019.
Head injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are not uncommon in the workplace, and they are often extremely serious. Head injuries are generally caused by impacts to the head that are often precipitated by falling objects, but slip and fall accidents, blunt force trauma, machinery accidents, on-the-job driving accidents, and more can all lead to these serious injuries. While construction workers are most vulnerable to head injuries on the job, nearly any kind of work will do the trick. If you’ve sustained a head injury at the workplace, contact an experienced Macon workers’ compensation attorney today.
The Mayo Clinic shares that TBIs have a vast array of both physical and psychological effects that include (for mild injuries):
- Brief loss of consciousness
- State of being dazed, confused, and/or disoriented
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Drowsiness and/or fatigue
- Speech difficulties
- Sleep difficulties or excessive sleep
- Dizziness and/or loss of balance
For more serious injuries, the symptoms can include:
- Longer loss of consciousness (from minutes to hours)
- Difficulty or inability to awaken from sleep
- Headaches that are persistent or that worsen over time
- Ongoing vomiting and nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Dilation of the pupils (one or both)
- Drainage of clear fluid from the nose or ears
- Numbness or weakness in the fingers or toes
Head injuries are especially challenging because they have strong cognitive and emotional components. In fact, many people who suffer from serious head injuries liken the experience to a lost sense of self, which is obviously extremely difficult to endure.
Even a relatively minor head injury sustained on the job can lead to considerable damages that include medical expenses and lost wages. When the injury is more serious, it can lead to a diminished earning capacity and even to an altered career trajectory – or the inability to work at all in the most severe cases. All told, the financial, physical, and emotional consequences of a serious head injury can be immense.
If you’ve suffered a head injury on the job – whether you work in an office, at a restaurant, in construction, or in any other occupation – there are several steps that you should take to help protect both your health and your worker’s compensation claim, including:
- Seek medical attention and follow your doctor’s instructions
- Notify your employer about the accident
- Consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney
While you may be inclined to allow your workers’ compensation insurance to kick in and do its job, it’s important to recognize that workers’ compensation claims are often minimized or even denied outright. Your right to adequate compensation for your workplace injury is too important to leave to chance.
If You’ve Suffered a Head Injury on the Job, You Need an Experienced Macon Workers’ Compensation Attorney on Your Side
Head injuries are exceedingly challenging, but the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law in Macon have the experience, commitment, and compassion to aggressively advocate for your rights and for the compensation necessary to achieve your fullest recovery. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (478) 746-1468 today.