Workers’ Compensation for Head Injuries, TBIs, and Concussions
Virginia Head Injury Workers’ Comp Attorney Corey Pollard Helps Employees Who Have Suffered Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Negotiate Work Injury Settlements
Your brain serves as the control center for your body. It is the site of your thinking and conscious thoughts and it coordinates your ability to move, see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. Work-related head trauma – whether a “minor” concussion or catastrophic brain injury – can affect your health and ability to work for the rest of your life.
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury or concussion while on the job, it is important that you get medical treatment right away. A doctor may conduct tests, including a CT scan or brain MRI, to determine the extent of your head injury and prescribe treatment and limitations to help you heal. Quick treatment is the best way to reduce the lifelong impact that a brain injury can have and to minimize the damage to your central nervous system from the work accident.
After obtaining medical care, your next step is to contact a workers’ compensation attorney with experience handling head injury claims. Depending on the cause of your head injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Virginia. Your attorney can help you obtain lifetime medical treatment and collect temporary total disability benefits for time missed from work as well as negotiate a workers’ compensation settlement for a traumatic brain injury or head trauma.
This article explains common causes of head injuries on the job, symptoms that may arise if you have suffered a work-related brain injury, the treatment you can expect to receive following your head injury, and things you should consider when litigating or trying to resolve your workers’ comp claim arising out of a head injury. If you have any questions, or are seeking high-quality legal representation for your Virginia workers compensation matter, contact Corey Pollard at 804-251-1620 or 757-810-5614. We represent employees with head injuries and concussions throughout the state, including those in Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Newport News, Williamsburg, Hampton, Norfolk, Fredericksburg, Portsmouth, Charlottesville, and Virginia Beach.
What is a Head Injury?
Each year hundreds of thousands of Americans sustain a minor head injury, with tens of thousands more sustaining a severe head injury. These head injuries are responsible for roughly 50,000 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year. There is a good chance that you already know someone who has suffered a head injury causing brain damage – more than 5 million people have permanent disability related to head injury.
Motor vehicle crashes are a common cause of head injuries. In fact, more than 70% of serious motor vehicle crashes cause head trauma. Other common causes of head injuries on the job include physical assaults, such as those experienced by teachers breaking up fights and nurses trying to control patients, truck accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, forklift accidents, and other industrial accidents, such as being struck by a falling object or piece of machinery.
Head injuries come in many forms. They include: cuts and lacerations to the scalp; skull fractures; cerebral contusions; concussions; bruises (contusions) to the face, jaw, and skull; diffuse axonal injuries; brain lacerations; and, hematomas (accumulation of blood between the brain and skull or within the brain itself).
A cerebral contusion is a brain bruise caused by a direct blow to the head. A cerebral laceration is a tear in the brain tissue due to a foreign object puncturing the skull or a pushed-in bone fragment from a skull fracture injury. These head injuries cause actual damage to the brain’s structure.
A diffuse axonal injury, often caused by falls where the head strikes the ground or auto accidents, results in damage to the brain’s nerve cell. Typically this type of head injury results in loss of consciousness lasting many hours.
Intracranial hematomas form when a head injury results in blood accumulating within the brain or between the brain and skull. Surgery may be necessary to drain blood from the hematoma. Common types of hematomas resulting from work accidents include epidural hematomas, where blood forms between the skull and the outer layer of tissue covering the brain; subdural hematomas, which form between the outer layer and middle layer; and, intracerebral hematomas that form within the brain.
A concussion may alter your mental capabilities and level of awareness, even causing damage to the brain. Depending on the extent of your postconcussive syndrome, you may be unable to return to work for a long period, or ever.
The brain can be damaged even if there are no external injuries or fractures to the skull. This is called a closed head injury.
No matter the type of head injury or brain trauma you suffered, you may be entitled to Virginia workers’ compensation benefits if your head injury resulted from an accident arising out of and in the course of your employment.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Head Injuries
People who have suffered a work-related head injury or concussion, including loss of consciousness, may experience the following symptoms:
- Inability to move
- Inability to maintain balance
- Feelings or sensations of spinning
- Changes in personality or behavior
- Inability to concentrate or focus
Brain injuries and concussions can be deceptively dangerous because even a minor concussion can cause lifelong brain damage and disability. Often these symptoms do not appear for weeks, months, or years following the workplace accident, so it’s important that you seek medical and legal help right away. Workers’ compensation lawyer Corey Pollard is devoted to representing individuals with concussion injuries. We protect the rights of injured workers in Richmond and throughout Virginia.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Help with Your Work-Related Head Injury and Concussion
After suffering head trauma or a concussion on the job, your life may be changed forever. We understand the devastating consequences that head injuries can cause – years of therapy, frequent doctor appointments, lifelong medical attention, constant headaches, and an inability to do things at home that were once simple.
Without the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve from your on the job accident, you may be facing high medical bills and a long period without income. This can cause stress that makes the symptoms from your head trauma even worse. But we can help you recover fair compensation for your past, present, and future medical treatment, as well as your wage loss and permanent disability you suffered because of your workplace accident, by negotiating a head injury workers compensation settlement. We can even help you obtain permanent total disability benefits and vocational rehabilitation services through workers’ comp.
In addition to helping you get the cash and medical benefits you deserve through the Virginia workers’ compensation system, we will also help you apply for Social Security disability benefits and collect SSDI payments if you are unable to return to your pre-injury job because of the head trauma you have suffered. When you hire Corey Pollard, you get an experienced work comp and disability lawyer who will help you get every penny you deserve for your brain injury through all possible sources.
Call us at 804-251-1620 or 757-810-5614, or fill out the form to your right, to see if you have a case. If you are unable to come to us, we can come to you. We will help you notify your employer of the work accident, file a workers’ compensation claim within the statute of limitations, deal with the insurance company, and present your case at the work comp hearing if necessary. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fee until we recover compensation for your head injury. We look forward to hearing from you and to helping you and your family following a work-related injury.