Advocating for Victims of Work-Related Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are typically the result of blunt force trauma to the head. This type of injury disrupts the normal functioning of the brain and ranges in severity from mild concussions to life-threatening conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 153 people in the U.S. die every day due to head injuries, including TBI.
Workers’ compensation cases involving concussions, head injuries and TBI may be more complex and difficult to prove than those involving visible physical injuries. The skilled team of Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. have over 35 years of experience representing victims of all types of workplace injuries, including TBIs. If you sustained a head injury at work, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Types of TBI Claims We Handle
Our experienced attorneys handle all types of TBIs, including:
Anoxic Brain Injuries: This injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. Unlike the other forms of TBI, anoxic brain injuries are not usually caused by a blow to the head. It can cause brain cell death, blood clots, heart problems and various other serious health conditions.
Cerebral Contusions: This type of injury accounts for approximately 20 to 30 percent of TBIs. Cerebral contusions cause the brain tissue to become bruised and swollen, often causing blood vessels to break and leak blood into the tissue. It can lead to decreased mental functioning or brain herniation, which may cause life-threatening spikes in intracranial pressure.
Concussions: A concussion is a mild TBI caused by blunt force trauma or violent shaking that can result in confusion, amnesia, headache, nausea and slurred speech. Sometimes concussions are mild, and patients can expect a full recovery within 24 hours. However in severe cases, patients may suffer from post-concussion syndrome which can cause memory, mood, attention and sleep problems for months, years or even a lifetime.
Penetrating Head Injuries: This occurs when the outer layer of the meninges is penetrated by a foreign object or bone fragments from a skull fracture. This type of TBI often causes permanent disability or death. Penetrating head injuries have a very high mortality rate.
Causes and Symptoms of TBI
Workers may suffer a TBI from various workplace incidents including slips, trips and falls, being struck by a falling object, car accidents, and violent attacks. Workers in the construction, agriculture, forestry, transportation, emergency medical services and fishing industries are at higher risk of sustaining a TBI at work.
Symptoms vary according to the type of brain injury and level of severity, but may include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Light and sound sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Personality changes
- Speech impairments
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits for TBI
Symptoms of TBI are not always immediately apparent and may take some time to surface. The extent of the damage is often not clear until days or weeks after the accident and is only determined through special tests or exams. Because of this, and the typically high cost of long-term treatment, employers usually fight TBI claims and attempt to deny, reduce or terminate workers’ compensation benefits.
However, under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to medical, wage loss, vocational rehabilitation and death benefits for your work-related injury. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you appeal your denied claim, so you can get the benefits to which you are entitled.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Group Benefits
Your employer may advise you to apply for group disability insurance benefits. However, this is often not in your best interest. Workers’ compensation benefits are preferable for those who suffered workplace injuries. Unlike group benefits, workers’ compensation benefits are not subject to income tax and are not limited in terms of medical payments. They are also generally paid for a longer period of time and in higher amounts than group benefits.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Represent Those Affected by a Work-Related Brain Injury
If you suffered a work-related TBI, contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer to ensure your rights are protected and your best interests are represented. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. we can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your workplace injury. For a free consultation, call us at 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.
We represent injured workers throughout Pennsylvania, including Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, as well as those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester and Wynnewood.