Head injuries are among the most serious injuries a worker can sustain. In particular, a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a workplace accident can change the victim’s life forever and leave him or her unable to work for a living.
If you have suffered a serious head injury on the job in Orlando or elsewhere in Florida, you may be feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances. However, you may be eligible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits that can pay your medical expenses and replace a portion of your lost wages.
Contact the law firm of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., to learn more. We can discuss your case in a free consultation.
What are Head Injuries?
Head injuries are usually described as “traumatic brain injury,” or TBI. Any blow to the head or wound that bruises, tears or damages the brain is a type of TBI.
Concussions are a mild form of TBI. They usually heal on their own after the victim rests for a few days to several weeks. Moderate to severe TBI can cause prolonged or permanent damage. It can impact the victim’s cognitive abilities, motor function, emotional stability and vision, hearing or touch.
Why Do Head Injuries Happen on the Job in Florida?
Several of the leading causes of TBI among workers in Florida and across the U.S. are:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Struck by / against accidents
- Violent assaults.
Who is At Risk of Head Injuries at Work?
Anyone can fall in the workplace, strike their head and suffer a concussion or more severe head injury. Slip-and-fall (trip-and-fall) accidents can happen in a carpeted office or on a concrete factory floor. People who work at heights or on ladders and scaffolding, such as in construction work or tree services, are at risk of more severe injury if they fall.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which regulates workplace safety, requires employees to wear protective helmets if they work in areas where there is “a possible danger of head injury from impact, or from falling or flying objects, or from electrical shock and burns.” (Electrical shock or burn could cause a person to fall and suffer a head injury.)
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Head Injury?
Severe head and brain injuries may gradually heal over the course of time or never heal, leaving the victim disabled. Medical costs for a severe head injury could be ongoing. This makes it crucial for the worker who has suffered a severe head injury to obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation attorney Frank M. Eidson can help you pursue full medical and lost-wage benefits. We can also explore any possible third-party claims for your workplace head injury, which may result in additional compensation to assist in your recovery.
Contact us today for a free review of your case.
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