Glendale Brain Injury Lawyer
Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries
A falling object at a construction site, a car accident while driving a delivery truck, or any other catastrophic on-the-job accident could result in a traumatic brain injury. When this happens, what are the available treatment options? How long will it take to recover? What can injured workers do to recover compensation for their medical bills and lost wages?
When you or a loved one sustains a serious brain injury in a workplace accident, you are likely to have many questions and concerns about what to do next. It is important that you speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who understands brain injuries and the complexities of work-related brain injury claims.
At Glauber Berenson Vego, our Glendale brain injury lawyers have successfully represented clients throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Greater Los Angeles Area in complex workers’ compensation claims. With nearly 100 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys appreciate and understand what you are going through. We are here to defend your rights and help you fight for the full, fair benefits you are owed under the California workers’ compensation and state disability systems.
Common Types of Brain Injuries
Workers who are involved in on-the-job accidents are at risk of suffering all types of head and brain injuries. While some brain injuries are less severe than others, all traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are serious. If you suspect that you or someone you love may have suffered brain trauma or a head injury, see a medical professional right away.
Some of the most common types of TBIs resulting from workplace accidents include:
- Concussions: Frequently caused by falls, struck-by accidents, and commercial vehicle collisions, concussions are one of the most common types of brain injuries. Although they are relatively mild compared to other TBIs, serious or multiple concussions can still lead to significant and/or permanent brain damage.
- Contusions: A brain contusion is a bruise that forms on the brain, often alongside another head or brain injury, such as a concussion. Although most brain contusions are mild and will heal on their own, some are more severe and may require surgery. If left untreated, severe contusions can lead to serious brain damage.
- Coup-Contrecoup: Often associated with falls and motor vehicle accidents, coup-contrecoup brain injuries occur when impact with an outside object is forceful enough to cause the brain to hit the opposite inside of the skull. This results in two points of injury to the brain, one at the initial impact site and one on the opposing side.
- Diffuse Axonal Injuries: A diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a brain injury in which tiny, microscopic tears (known as “shearing”) develop in the connective tissues and fibers within the brain. Depending on the size of these tears, DAIs can be catastrophic, leading to permanent brain damage and death.
- Skull Fractures: A serious workplace fall, commercial vehicle collision, machinery accident, or similar on-the-job injury can lead to a skull fracture. Even a relatively small fracture in the skull can have serious implications, leading to massive bleeding (hemorrhaging), infection, brain damage, and death.
- Toxic Exposure: Exposure to harmful chemicals, materials, and other substances in the workplace can lead to brain damage. In some cases, toxic exposure itself is the cause of a brain injury; in others, exposure to harmful substances (such as smoke) can limit oxygen supply to the brain, thereby causing damage.
If you know or suspect that your brain injury or your loved one’s brain injury resulted from a workplace accident, working conditions, or employment-related activities, reach out to our Glendale workers’ compensation lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and options. At Glauber Berenson Vego, we are prepared to answer your questions and provide the guidance you need to move forward.
Brain And Head Injury Symptoms
As is the case with most types of workplace injuries, brain injuries affect each individual differently. In some cases, a brain injury may be immediately obvious. Sometimes, however, TBIs are more difficult to detect. This is especially true in the case of closed-head injuries, in which there is no visual damage to the head, scalp, or skull.
It is very important that you are aware of and able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury so that you can seek immediate medical attention. Injured workers may experience several symptoms, or they may show very few signs of having suffered brain trauma. Always see a doctor or another qualified health care provider if you suspect you may have suffered a head or brain injury.
Challenges associated with brain and head injuries can generally be broken into three main categories:
- Physical Symptoms: Common physical signs of brain and head injuries include severe headaches, extreme fatigue, dizziness and loss of balance, gait disorders, weakness, and numbness in the fingers or toes
- Sensory Symptoms: Sensory symptoms associated with brain injuries often include sensitivity to light, ringing in the ears, blurry vision, confusion, and behavioral changes
- Cognitive Symptoms: Some cognitive signs that someone has suffered a brain injury include new or worsened depression or anxiety, along with memory loss, difficulty focusing, and cognition issues
If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone you love after a workplace accident or head injury, get immediate medical help. Make sure to report the injury to your employer right away but no more than 30 days after the accident or after the injury was discovered or diagnosed. You should also contact an experienced Glendale brain injury lawyer at our firm as soon as possible to learn more about your options and to protect your rights, including your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
At Glauber Berenson Vego, we genuinely care about you and want to see you reach the most complete recovery possible. When you hire us, our team will check in with you frequently and keep you up to date on the status of your case. We provide personal attention and individualized legal strategies for each and every client.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Brain Injuries?
In California, all work-related injuries are covered by workers’ compensation, including brain injuries that occur due to on-the-job accidents, working conditions, and work-related activities. If you are an eligible employee, and you can prove that your brain injury is related to your employment, you are eligible to receive benefits to help with the costs associated with treating your injury.
Depending on your situation, you may be entitled to the following workers’ compensation benefits for your work-related head or brain injury:
- Medical expenses
- Home Health Care
- Temporary partial disability
- Temporary total disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Life pension benefits
- Vocational retraining/rehabilitation
Additionally, when an employee dies due to a work-related injury, the California workers’ compensation system provides death benefits to eligible surviving family members, including funeral/burial expenses.
Speak to an Experienced Attorney Today
When someone suffers a brain injury at work, it affects the whole family. At Glauber Berenson Vego, we understand the immense challenges you are facing, and our workers’ compensation team is ready to help you through this stressful time. Our goal is to minimize the financial implications related to your medical expenses and loss of income while providing you with the support you need to get back on your feet.
Our Glendale work-related brain injury lawyers bring nearly 100 years of combined experience to their practice. We have what it takes to effectively advocate for you, and we do not charge any upfront or out-of-pocket fees. Instead, we only collect payment when we recover compensation for you.
“Ryan is an amazing lawyer and, was always willing to answer any questions I had. He was also quick to get me appointments to help with my injuries.”- Former Client