Head injuries are often one of the most serious types of injuries you can experience. A serious head injury can cause permanent impairment or disability in your cognitive functioning. You may experience memory loss, mood swings, comprehension issues, dizziness, headaches, reduced mental function or even death as a result of a head injury. Unfortunately, because these injuries are often so serious, they may leave you unable to work or even unable to care for yourself and do the normal activities of daily life that you used to enjoy.
When you suffer a head injury, it is extremely important that you get the full workers’ compensation benefits available to you under the law. This includes not just comprehensive medical care but also disability benefits if you need them. Often, the full extent of the damage caused by head injuries doesn’t become apparent right away, so your employer may try to rush you back to work or otherwise deny the seriousness of your condition- causing you to suffer significant harm. In order to fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve after head injuries occur at work, contact The Dominick Law Firm today using our online form or via telephone at 303-447-2644. We help clients suffering from head injuries because of their jobs and we can put our legal experience to work to help you as well.
Colorado Workers’ compensation and Head Injuries
Head injuries are a common result of injuries at work because head injuries can occur in so many different ways. For example, the Liberty Mutual 2011 Workplace Safety Index listed the top 10 causes of disabling work injuries during 2009 and identified among these causes:
- A fall on the same level or a fall on a lower level.
- A blow or hit from an object.
- Striking against or hitting an object.
- A driving accident.
- Becoming trapped or caught in something.
- Workplace violence.
Any of these common causes of injury can result in a blow to the head and resulting head injuries of various types including:
- Closed head injuries. Closed head injuries occur when the head experiences a hard blow or impact but when the skull does not break. Closed head injuries include concussions and cerebral contusions and are far more common than open head injuries. In fact, concussions are the most common head injury in the U.S.
- Open head injuries. Open head injuries occur when the skull is penetrated or broken as a result of an impact. Open head injuries are more likely to occur in high-speed or impact cases, such as car crashes or falls from high heights including falls from buildings or machinery.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI).TBI can occur after any type of head injury and can have long-lasting effects on your cognitive function. TBI can also cause or contribute to the development of dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
The symptoms and severity of each type of head injury will vary depending on the type of injury you have as well as on how your body reacts to that injury. For instance, a concussion can lead to a temporary loss of awareness, irritability, memory loss, reduced mental function and headaches. Typically, the symptoms will resolve themselves and you will recover within a few days or weeks, but for some, the effects of a concussion can linger.
It is also important to remember that the symptoms of a head injury may not be immediately apparent. For instance, when you experience a cerebral contusion or bruising of the brain, the swelling typically becomes more severe around four to six days after the initial injury- so you may think you are fine immediately after the blow to your head but then begin experiencing symptoms several days later.
When you are diagnosed with a head injury, your workers’ compensation benefits should provide for your medical treatment and for any care that you need, as well as compensation for time you are unable to work as a result of your injury. If your condition has altered your ability to function permanently, the amount of benefits you receive under workers’ compensation could be significant. As such, it is extremely important to get legal assistance in making your claim.
The Dominick Law Firm can help you to understand your rights under Colorado workers’ compensation laws and under the specific policy your employer has in place. Our Boulder workers’ compensation firm has assisted clients with workers’ comp claims throughout Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Broomfield, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Superior, Denver and the entire Colorado Front Range. If you live in this area and need assistance understanding or enforcing your rights after a head injury, contact us today at 303-447-2644 or using our online form to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help.