Have you suffered a head injury at work? Head injuries should always be taken seriously as even a sub-concussive blow to the head or mild concussion can have long-term consequences. For many workers, a head injury leads to significant time off work, impairment, and disability.
Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers has represented injured workers for more than 30 years. Our law office will help you seek the benefits and compensation you deserve through workers’ compensation, third-party injury claims, and New York Labor Law claims.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and head injuries are one of the most common yet disabling workplace injuries. Every year, about 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer a TBI. It is estimated that work-related TBI accounts for 22% of all workplace fatalities and 46% of work-related fatal falls. About 18% of all TBIs are believed to be work-related, and more than 6% of all workplace injuries result in a TBI. Many workers who sustain a serious head injury are never able to return to work.
The most common causes of workplace head injuries include:
Certain industries have a higher risk of head injuries on the job including transportation, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and education.
Workers may sustain a serious head injury in many ways. The following factors are often involved when an employee sustains a head injury:
It is very common for even a serious head injury to have few or no immediate side effects and symptoms aside from tenderness. This does not mean you have not suffered a traumatic brain injury. It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible after an accident at work, even if you feel fine.
Signs and symptoms of a head injury may include:
If you have suffered a brain injury, no matter how mild, prompt medical attention is vital to improving your chances of a full recovery and minimizing long-term consequences. It is also important to establish that your head injury was related to work and you are following doctor’s orders.
New York workers who suffer a head injury on the job are almost always entitled to workers’ compensation. This no-fault system may be your sole remedy to recover compensation for your accident. Workers’ comp benefits can pay for necessary medical care and provide weekly benefits for lost wages and disability. However, the system has limitations and may not fully compensate you for your lost earnings and medical costs. It also has no avenue for recovering money for your personal losses like mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to seek additional compensation outside workers’ compensation. You may have a New York Labor Law claim if your head injury was the result of a fall, falling object, lack of protective equipment, or safety violations if you are a construction worker. State labor laws allow you to sue an employer, contractor, or property owner in certain cases.
You may also have a third-party injury claim against someone other than an employer or coworker who caused your accident. This may include a sub-contractor, negligent driver, architect, or the manufacturer of a dangerous product. These claims allow you to seek compensation for damages not covered by workers’ compensation.
At Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers, we are committed to helping injured workers pursue the full compensation they deserve. You should not be forced to navigate complex injury claims and fight back against insurance companies that minimize the severity of your injury. We will fight on your behalf to secure fair benefits and compensation through all avenues.
Contact our law office today for a free consultation with a New York injury lawyer who can help you. We can assist with workers’ compensation, third-party personal injury claims, labor law claims, and long-term disability claims to protect your quality of life and financial security. Our multilingual trial lawyers are prepared to meet you wherever you are comfortable or in our office to discuss your case.
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