Closed-head injuries, such as concussions, are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). These injuries are not caused by an object penetrating the skull and brain. A blow to the head, or body that causes the head to move quickly back and forth, can bounce the brain off the sides of the skull, disrupting its normal function. Concussions are the most common type of closed-head injuries.
Workplace accidents are a frequent cause of head trauma and brain injuries. If you or a family member suffered head trauma on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. You may need coverage for long-term medical treatment such as rehabilitation and care from speech pathologists, therapists and neurologists.
Employees in any industry can hit their heads in slip-and-fall accidents. Construction workers can suffer head trauma after falls from roofs, ladders or scaffolds. Truck, bus or taxi drivers may have a concussion from an auto accident.
TBI symptoms may include nausea, dizziness, headaches, amnesia or loss of consciousness. Motor skills and speech may also be impaired. A severe TBI may result in a coma or even death. However, even a mild brain injury such as a concussion can have a serious effect on a person’s life. Individuals who suffer mild TBI may retain most physical and cognitive functions, but can suffer from depression and personality changes that make social interaction difficult.
Brain injuries are often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may not present until weeks or months after the accident that caused the head trauma. If you were not diagnosed immediately, you may need legal help to collect workers’ compensation benefits. Our lawyers will argue that your head trauma was caused by a work accident, and will gather the appropriate medical evidence to support your claim.
A closed head injury is a very common type of traumatic brain injury occurring in accidents. In a closed head injury, the skull as well as the dura mater remains intact. Closed head injuries are a leading cause of death in children under the age of 4 and can be difficult, if not impossible, to fully recover from.
Unless all aspects of your head injury case are examined, it is impossible to accurately evaluate what your head injury claim is truly worth. It may take several years to truly determine how your life will be affected following the accident. There is also no way to initially determine what medical expenses, lost wages or pain and suffering damages you may be able to recover. If you, or a family member are approached by the at fault parties’ insurance carrier regarding a quick settlement, it is not a good idea to accept their offer. You should talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer about the compensation and medical benefits you may be entitled to.
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