Why you should not dismiss a minor head injury at work

On Behalf of | Mar 8, 2023 | Traumatic Brain Injury, Workers' Compensation

You can suffer many types of injuries at work, and head injuries are common. When an employee suffers an injury at work, they are eligible for workers’ compensation, insurance that covers the employee’s lost wages and medical expenses while they recover.

Some injuries are apparent. For example, suppose an employee sprains their arm. In that case, anyone can see the hurt, making it easier for the employer to understand. However, if a worker suffers an injury that is not as obvious, such as a minor head injury while on the job, employers may be skeptical about the severity of the damage.

Mild traumatic brain injuries

Suppose you suffer any type of injury to the head. In that case, it is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible, whether it is a mild bump or severe blow to the head. Mild traumatic brain injuries can develop into severe ones if not correctly diagnosed and treated promptly.

In it critical for the worker to act quickly because if they wait and their injuries lead to symptoms which lead to decreased work performance or a problem with memory and other brain or cognitive abilities, and they have no medical explanation for this, they can lose their job. Meanwhile, they have suffered an injury inside their brain that are causing these symptoms.

The worker may find that tasks they used to complete easily are more difficult to complete, or they may not clearly understand something they previously understood. These can be symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, and you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits as a result.

Protecting your rights

Suppose you suffer a head injury at work, whether mild or severe. It is imperative that you seek medical care immediately and report the injury to your employer. In addition, processing a workers’ compensation claim promptly may be to your benefit.

If you need assistance in the process of filing and processing your claim, an experienced legal professional can help you protect your rights while you get better.



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