Any time that a person receives a blow to the head, there is a possibility that he or she may receive a brain injury. This can take many forms, and the symptoms may vary greatly from person to person. While mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) commonly occur in contact sports or car accidents, many types of workplace accidents can lead to a head injury.
Although a mild TBI may not cause notable difficulties for some victims, many injuries do not express the full scope of their harm until days or even weeks after the initial incident. Because brain injuries can lead to so many different symptoms, diagnosing and treating a mild TBI may take more time and effort than victims realize. Similarly, because these injuries rarely have any physical features, friends, family and colleagues of a TBI victim may doubt the seriousness of the matter.
If you recently suffered a head injury at work, you should be sure to seek out professional medical care as soon as you can. A mild TBI can certainly justify a workers' compensation claim, but you may face some pushback from your employer or the insurer providing your workers' compensation coverage.
Don't hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney who can examine your circumstances to build a strong claim and make sure that you receive all the benefits you deserve. Professional legal counsel brings authority and clout to your team, protecting your rights as you recover.
Symptoms may affect your ability to work
Mild TBIs may create additional strain or inconvenience for a victim, but, in many cases, the effects of the injury accumulate in devastating ways that can completely destroy a career. Without proper treatment, particularly serious mild TBIs may continue to affect a victim for up to a year, and some studies imply that the long-term effects of these injuries may greatly decrease mental acuity in an elderly victim, even many years afterward.
Often, those who suffer a mild TBI find it difficult to concentrate on any given task, even if it is a task that they performed easily before the injury. Victims often report "cloudiness" in their mental processes, or surprising difficulty understanding what other people mean contextually when they speak or write, even if a victim understands the meanings of individual words.
Constant irritation and short temper are also common symptoms for mild TBI victims, which can place serious strain on their personal and professional relationships. Even without some of the more notable physical symptoms, such as persistent nausea, headaches or even seizures, these effects are more than capable of ruining a victim's entire life.
Get the help you need
If you received a blow to the head while on the job, you deserve full, complete treatment. Do not simply accept dismissive attitudes about a mild TBI from your employer or their insurer. Professional legal counsel can help fight for your rights to proper care and fair benefits while you recover from the injury.