Choosing to work in certain fields comes with inherent risks. Emergency responders, military personnel, and professional athletes are often the people we think of as having high risk of injury in the course of the job. However, other industries have their own hazards. Understanding these potential risks, especially those which may cause permanent damage, is important. Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim & Adelman, your go-to traumatic brain injury lawyers in Boca Raton, are here to serve for these and other work-related injury claims. Here’s what you need to know about workplace hazards and traumatic brain injuries:
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injury is defined as dysfunction caused by external force, such as a blow or puncture. These injuries may cause bruising, swelling, or bleeding. Cognitively, traumatic brain injuries can cause a number of symptoms, such as:
- Equilibrium issues
- Memory loss
- Difficulty forming new memories
- Vision trouble
- Speech difficulties
Any head injury should be examined by a medical professional to determine the extent of damage and possible treatment needs. While most bumps are not major and should require nothing more than a bit of rest, more extensive injuries may not be immediately apparent.
Who is At-Risk of Workplace Traumatic Brain Injury?
Risks for traumatic brain injury exist in every work environment. Office workers may fall victim to weak ceiling tiles, improperly stored records, and slip and falls. Construction workers are required to wear protective head gear because of the inherent risks associated with the job, yet this protection is limited. Contact sports players have many of the same risks, requiring their own heavy padding. However, some studies suggest careers in football or wrestling can lead to extensive, permanent brain damage.
Other less obvious work-related risks for brain injury include:
- Entertainment:Theatre and studio hazards which may fall or otherwise strike the head
- Transportation:Longer stretches on the road increase risk of car accidents
- Retail:Improper stocking of products can cause falling hazards, slip and fall risks
What to Do if Injured on the Job
Under Florida law, employees may qualify for worker’s compensation if injured on the job. This program is intended to help cover medical costs associated with the injury and provide a portion of one’s wages during recovery. However, denied coverage or insufficient compensation can leave one in a tough situation. Because of the nature of brain injuries, they can be debilitating. Since worker’s compensation is only temporary, it can run out and leave one unable to pay mounting bills.
Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim & Adelman traumatic brain injury lawyers in Boca Raton specialize in these cases, fighting to get our clients the funds they deserve. We can guide you through the entire process of filing injury claims against liable parties, up to and including civil trials. With our knowledge and experience, you can focus on what matters: recovering and getting back to your life.
If you or someone you love experienced a traumatic brain injury while on the clock, let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for your free consultation.