Workplace injuries take many forms. One of the most severe types of workplace injuries an employee can suffer is a head injury. Head injuries can result in memory loss, severe and constant headaches, a change in equilibrium, and even paralysis. Depending on the severity of the effects related to the head injury, a worker may not be able to go back to work and earn a living. When that happens, a Richmond, VA, attorney at Reinhardt, Harper, Davis PLC can help. Our team of legal professionals understands the needs associated with suffering work-related head injuries and fights for maximum compensation for our clients. We can also handle denied claims for workers who are already involved in the workers’ compensation claims process.
What Do I Do after a Work-Related Head Injury?
After any on-the-job accident occurs, it is critical to seek immediate medical attention. It is also important to report the accident to a supervisor so a report of the incident can be made. The incident report will come in handy when the worker seeks recourse against the employer in a workers compensation setting, or in any other civil action. Depending on the type of accident, liability may lie with the employer or may be on the shoulders of an equipment manufacturer. In order to establish liability and demand repayment for damages suffered, it is crucial to have an initial report made on the date of the accident.
Symptoms of Head Injuries
Most traumatic head injuries that happen while on the job take place on a construction site. Construction sites are full of large pieces of heavy machinery, requiring specialized training to operate. There can also be several high workspaces on a construction site, many of which may not even be accessible without a ladder or by cherry picker. Placing workers in these situations increases the risk of an accident due to a fall from a high place or by being struck by a falling or flying object from a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Some of the most common symptoms of head injuries include:
- Loss of coordination
- Confusion or memory loss
- Severe headaches
- Constant body aches and pains
- Drastic mood swings, or outburst of uncharacteristic anger
Victims might also experience a loss of feeling in the extremities from nerve damage done as a result of an injury to the head, neck, and spinal column.
A head injury may take months or even years to heal properly. In the meantime, the worker may be unable to return to normal job duties. Those hurt on the job who suffer a traumatic brain or head injury are entitled to be compensated for their losses.
Damages for Work-Related Head Injuries
When a worker is hurt at work, they are entitled to recover for all of the damages suffered. Typically this includes lost wages, loss of earning capacity or a diminution in earning capacity, medical care costs, expenses required for long-term therapy or rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. Establishing liability is the first step towards making a demand for compensation, and we can help.
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If you have been hurt while at work, contact us online to schedule an appointment. We offer a free initial consultation of your case and will help you decide what is best for you.