Head Injury Attorneys in Louisville, Kentucky
An injury sustained at work can result not only in physical pain and suffering but also in lost income due to time off for treatment and recovery. In the more extreme cases, it can also threaten a person’s ability to work going forward, maybe temporarily or perhaps permanently.
An injury to the head in particular can pose serious challenges. While a common injury, concussions have the potential to develop into something much worse—like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can prove not only debilitating but also fatal in some cases. The National Football League (NFL) had so many problems with concussions and resulting TBIs that it faced numerous lawsuits and eventually had to establish a fund for players who faced the severe consequences of TBIs.
A head or brain injury can result from accidents in any workplace. An employee can slip and fall due to a faulty stairway or a floor surface that is wet or obstructed while the employee is unaware of the danger. Construction sites are also very prone to such injuries, as people have to work at heights and in precarious situations. They can be struck by moving objects or fall from up high, hitting their head and suffering concussions and other brain damage.
Accidents at work are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, but filing a claim can be daunting. You need to be prepared to provide sufficient medical and other evidence to justify your claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head or brain injury at work in or around Louisville, Kentucky, contact the husband-wife legal team at Slechter Law Firm, PLLC. They can help you prepare for and file your workers’ compensation claim, or to challenge any adverse decision you face from the insurer. The firm offers personalized service one-on-one with an attorney, and you won’t be shuffled off to deal with a paralegal. The Slechter Law Firm, PLLC also proudly serves clients in Lexington and throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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Common Work Head Injuries and Their Causes
Any employment site can lead to head injuries. Depending on the nature of the business, head, and brain injuries can result from being hit by moving objects, slipping and falling, or even by being struck by a vehicle. A stockroom worker can be injured when a carton or box on a shelf jiggles loose and falls. Slippery or obstructed floor surfaces in any work environment can also lead to falls and resulting head injuries.
To get into the specifics, falls are the leading cause of head injuries—both at work and in general. Falls result in some 800,000 hospitalizations each year, most for head injuries and hip fractures.
As mentioned earlier, construction sites are particularly prone to accidents that result in head injuries. A scaffolding can collapse or a worker can suffer a blow to the head from falling objects such as parts or tools dropped from on high. A jitney can strike an unaware worker, who falls to the ground and hits their head.
Types of Brain and Head Injuries
A concussion is the most common type of brain injury. When the head is struck or jostled, the brain can come into contact with the skull and a concussion results. Concussions can be mild, moderate, or severe. Other types of head injuries include:
PENETRATING INJURIES: Some object enters the brain or skull and causes damage, maybe a bullet or a sharp object at work.
INTRACRANIAL HEMATOMA: Bleeding inside the skull, often associated with a skull fracture.
SKULL FRACTURE: The skull can be fractured with or without associated brain injury.
INJURIES TO THE NOSE, SINUSES, OR JAW: These can also sometimes lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
CUTS, SCRAPES, AND OPEN WOUNDS: These generally do not lead to TBI.
Symptoms of a Head Injury
Head injuries are not always immediately apparent. It may take time for the symptoms to reveal themselves, which is called “delayed onset symptoms.” Symptoms include changes in concentration, memory, emotions, and behavior.
In fact, many NFL players who later developed TBI didn’t feel the symptoms until long after retiring. This delay of symptoms may make it difficult for you to prove your claim for workers’ compensation.
If your initial medical evaluation fails to turn up evidence of a head or brain injury, you may need to seek a second opinion. Keep a diary or record of everything that happens from the moment of your injury. You can use that as evidence to bolster your workers’ compensation claim.
What to Do if You Suffer a Head Injury at Work
If you suffer any kind of head injury at work, you need to seek medical evaluation immediately. You also must inform your supervisor of your condition and what happened, generally within 24 hours of the event. This will open the path to a workers’ compensation claim.
You want to make sure you obtain sufficient medical documentation and evidence from your physical evaluation to present with your claim to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company.
Insurance companies are for-profit entities, and they are constantly protecting the bottom line. They might challenge the individual making the claim, alleging that the injury resulted from a pre-existing condition. They may claim a skiing accident years ago, for instance, caused the initial brain damage, and your accident merely exacerbated what already existed. To help prove your claim, try to get coworkers to testify to what happened.
No matter what, it’s in your best interest to work with an attorney.
Head Injury Attorneys Serving Louisville, Kentucky
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury at work in or around Louisville, Kentucky, contact the Slechter Law Firm, PLLC immediately. The firm’s attorneys are familiar with how workers’ compensation insurers operate and can help you prepare the documentation and evidence necessary to press your claim for benefits. They can also help you file any appeals if you face an adverse decision or denial. Reach out immediately.