What Do I Need to Know About TBIs in the Workplace?
Workplace injuries are always serious and should be treated as such; however, head injuries are some of the most serious of all injuries that can occur on the job. Most often, trauma to the head on the job is caused by falling objects, slip and falls, broken equipment, and driving accidents. There are many occupations that carry the biggest risk of head injuries, including construction workers, firefighters, police officers, loading dock workers, and delivery personnel.
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States, carrying the risk of traumatic brain injury at an increased rate. Those aged 25 to 34 working in construction are most likely to sustain a TBI and often times, these injuries are due to falls. Many construction workers are under the impression that a hardhat will keep them safe from all TBIs, but this is not always the case. In some case, the hat is damaged or insufficient to protect from damage. This is why preventative measures must be executed in the workplace to assure safety for all workers.
Workers’ Compensation and TBIs
Usually, when you bring a claim for a head injury and want to establish the link between your injury and the accident, your attorney will consult with medical providers and more to make the best case possible for you. In many cases where you have a firm case after an accident that resulted in a TBI, you will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Through these benefits, you will receive medical bill payments, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages due to your accident and injuries.
You will usually see a physician for workers’ comp and they will evaluate you for your head injury. You may see a head trauma specialist, such as a neurologist. They will understand what type of treatment you need for your specific injury as well as have knowledge on how long this treatment will last and many more specifics regarding your case. The first step after you receive medical treatment is to speak to an attorney who understands workers’ compensation laws in New Jersey. Call us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi for more information on how we can help!