Most brain injuries are catastrophic. This means that the effects of the brain injury can haunt you for the rest of your life and prevent you from returning to the life you had prior to the injury. Victims of brain injury accidents caused at a workplace may pursue financial compensation for their losses. Insurance companies and employers commonly dispute claims. So victims would be well-advised to file a claim with the support of an experienced Miami personal injury attorney, who will understand the financial and emotional hardships that brain injury victims and their families face.Brain Injuries at the Workplace
A sudden blow to the head can cause serious brain damage. There are many types of brain injuries and all of them can forever change the life of the victim. Brain injury victims may not directly sue an employer, but they may pursue financial compensation for their injury with a workers' compensation claim. All Florida employers must provide workers' compensation protection for their employees to help cover medical expenses and loss of earnings.Symptoms of Brain Injuries
The symptoms of a brain injury are dependent on the severity of the blow to the head and the location of the injury. Symptoms may include:
- Memory loss
- Learning disabilities
- Physical disabilities
- Loss of coordination
- Neurological deficit
- Mental confusion
- Double vision
- Fatigue, lethargy and intermittent drowsiness
- Prolonged unconsciousness
- Slurred speech
There are a number of types of brain injuries. Here are a few examples:
- Concussions: This is when a blow to head causes a temporary loss of consciousness. Victims of concussions suffer confusion, dizziness, amnesia or headaches. Even mild concussions should be taken seriously and closely monitored.
- Brain Damage: This is when the blood flow to the brain ceases. The longer the brain goes without oxygen, the greater the damage. Medical professionals believe that after five minutes, irreversible brain damage becomes inevitable. Brain damage often leads to various disabilities. This type of injury can occur at any workplace where a fall or electrical shock can happen.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: This type of brain injury occurs when an external force impacts the brain tissue. TBI commonly occurs in serious car accidents and dangerous workplace falls.
It is important to have skilled legal representation when you file a personal injury claim or a workers' compensation application. Many claims are routinely denied because they are not filed properly. Having a reputed attorney by your side can increase your chances of getting fair compensation for your losses.
The personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Ruth E. Johnson help injured workers throughout Florida. When a catastrophic injury occurs, we aggressively seek the maximum settlement possible to make sure the family of the victim never has to worry about medical bills or the cost of continuing treatment and care. If you have sustained a brain injury on the job, please contact our knowledgeable workers' compensation attorneys right away for a free and comprehensive consultation.