While experiencing any type of injury in the workplace can be traumatic, head trauma is especially serious. These injuries can result in life-altering or even fatal consequences. From falling objects to machinery defects, there are a number of factors that could result in this type of harm.
When you are recovering from a head injury you sustained on the job, a skilled workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore can help. A workers’ comp claim could provide you with the medical care and financial support you need during your recovery. Our Florida workplace head injury lawyer is ready to help you determine whether you are eligible to collect workers’ compensation and maximize the benefits you recover through your claim if so.
There are steps that injured employees should take following a workplace head injury to minimize delays or denials and maximize their potential benefits when filing a workers’ comp claim with the help of our Tampa, Florida attorney.
As long as their health allows it, the first step for a worker should be to report their head injury to their employer. This can involve a report to a supervisor or the owner of the company. Verbal notice is allowed, although putting it in writing when possible is a better idea. With some exceptions, this notice must be provided within 30 days.
The sooner an injured worker sees a doctor, the better their chances for a full recovery. Immediately receiving medical care is also an important step towards successfully recovering workers’ compensation benefits. Keep in mind that while the insurance company has the right to select the doctor, there are options available for changing providers.
Workers are entitled to official communications from the insurance company in short order after a claim is filed. The employer must notify the insurer of the injury within seven days, and the insurance company has an additional three days to provide the employee with notice regarding their rights.
In many cases, a worker who has suffered a head injury will receive notice that their claim was accepted in a matter of days. There are times when these claims can be rejected, however. It is important to act quickly after receiving formal notice of a denial, given that the window to appeal is narrow.
Workplace head injuries can happen under many different circumstances. The nature of these injuries will often depend on the type of workplace and the details surrounding the accident. Florida workplace head injury attorney, Kevin Moore, could pursue a workers’ compensation claim for incidents including:
One of the benefits of the workers’ compensation system is that it is “no-fault.” This means an injured worker could be entitled to benefits no matter who or what caused the injury. Of course, some exceptions could result in a denial. The right legal counsel could provide insight into whether or not a claim might be rejected.
Hidden brain injuries are one of the most difficult medical cases for patients and their families. They can also be one of the most challenging to be accepted by Workers’ Comp insurance companies. If you have had any head injury on the job and have a number of the symptoms described below it is highly advised that you seek help through a Tampa workplace attorney.
IT IS IMPORTANT that you first work through your WC appointed doctor – you could jeopardize your benefits if you do not – call Kevin to get an understanding of why this is true.
If you have been injured or had an event that produced head trauma or brain injury, perhaps someone needs to look closer. Following any head injury incident, have you or your family noticed the following; even weeks after an accident (if so, make sure your doctor knows):
Yes_____ No_____ Nausea / Vomiting
Yes_____ No_____ Blurred or other vision problems
Yes_____ No_____ Loss of sensation, weakness in the arms or legs
Yes_____ No_____ Impaired attention and concentration
Yes_____ No_____ Problems with following directions
Yes_____ No_____ Memory problems
Yes_____ No_____ Balance problems
Yes_____ No_____ Ringing in ears
Yes_____ No_____ Weakness
Yes_____ No_____ Low breathing rate or drop in blood pressure
Yes_____ No_____ Slurred speech or blurred vision
Yes_____ No_____ Significant mood changes
Yes_____ No_____ Sudden defects in vision
Yes_____ No_____ Loss of fine movement coordination
Yes_____ No_____ Reduced reasoning and problem solving
Yes_____ No_____ Drainage of bloody or clear fluids from ears or nose
Yes_____ No_____ Any symptom which gets worse; headaches, nausea or sleepiness
Head injuries suffered at work can radically alter the trajectory of your life. That said, the benefits provided through workers’ compensation insurance could cover your cost of care and provide you with disability benefits while you are out of work recovering.
Do not put your claim at risk by handling it alone. Let a Florida workplace injury lawyer help you maximize your recovery. Call the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore today to begin reviewing the details of your situation directly with Attorney Moore.