When California residents think of neurological injuries sustained in the workplace, they most likely think of carpel tunnel syndrome. However, one type of injury, common in the workplace but seldom talked about, is a traumatic brain injury. Almost a quarter of all brain injuries are sustained in workplace accidents. Concussions are complicated injuries which can take time to manifest, have long-lasting repercussions and are difficult to diagnose. as a result, filing a workers’ compensation claim for them can be complicated.
How common are concussions in the workplace?
Falls and trips are both one of the most common causes of workplace injuries and one of the most common causes of concussions. Workers routinely slip on wet surfaces, fall from a higher surface or get trapped between hard objects. Other than this, workers get hit in the head or can become injured in a car accident during the course of their employment.
What should injured employees do?
Workers injured on the job should immediately let their supervisor know of their injuries and fill out the requisite paperwork for a workers’ compensation claim. They should also get medical attention, especially from someone who is trained in diagnosing and identifying brain injuries.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim may be daunting, especially if the insurance company and employer are trying to pass the buck to one another. This can be frustrating for an injured employee and delay their medical treatment. It might be helpful to consult an experienced attorney to discuss tactics to speed up the process.