Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Devastating

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According to information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some 1.7 million persons in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) each year. Unfortunately, more than 50,000 of these injuries result in death annually. TBIs require more than 275,000 hospitalizations each year, as well. While 75 percent of annual TBIs are relatively minor, resulting in concussions and other mild disorders, TBI is a contributing factor in one-third of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. Far too many of these sorts of injuries occur within the workplace.

Two General Types of Traumatic Brain Injury

From a medical standpoint, there are two general types of TBIs:

  • Open Head Injuries: These occur when the victim is struck in the head, and object actually penetrates the brain. A significant percentage of open head injuries result in death.
  • Closed Head Injuries: These occur when the brain is injured as a result of a blow to the head, without any actual penetration of the brain. In some instances, a sudden, violent motion that causes the brain to strike the inside of the skull can also cause a closed head injury.

Typical Causes of Closed Head Injuries

While individual circumstances can, of course, vary, the five most common causes of closed head injuries (in no particular order) are:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports-related accidents
  • Assaults
  • Work-Related accidents

Symptoms of Closed Head Injuries

Common symptoms from closed head injuries include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Speech and language problems
  • Vision issues
  • Respiratory issues
  • Emotional and/or behavioral changes

Longer-Term Problems Associated with Closed Head Injuries

Even after common symptoms have resolved themselves, victims of closed head injuries often have long-term difficulties, including:

  • Inability to maintain attention
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of fine motor skills, such as ability to handle tools, manipulate small objects, and the like

Closed Head Injuries Can Prevent a Return to Work

Disturbances of attention and memory are particularly problematic, following a work-related injury, since the victim may be unable to return to work and function appropriately for quite some time. Medical experts indicate that disruption of relatively basic cognitive functions, such as attention span and memory, may cause or exacerbate other conditions.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law Recognizes Seriousness of TBIs and Closed Head Injuries

Georgia recognizes that TBIs and closed head injuries that result from work-related accidents can be devastating to the injury victim, and his or her entire family. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act generally designates severe brain or closed head injuries as “catastrophic” injuries. Unlike non-catastrophic injuries, these more severe injuries allow for medical and lost wage benefits beyond the ordinary 400-week limit.

Contact a Qualified, Experienced Brain Injury Attorney

If you or a family member has suffered a serious work-related injury, such as a traumatic brain injury or a closed head injury, you owe it to yourself to seek out qualified and experienced legal counsel. The workers’ compensation insurance company has an army of attorneys on its side; you deserve a professional and aggressive lawyer on yours. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to prevent you from pursuing the special “catastrophic” injury designation.

At the Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C., you will have strong and aggressive counsel. Clarke’s office isn’t full of case managers; there is no “T.V. face.” Clarke is a serious, experienced, caring, and aggressive attorney, who will devote all available resources to your claim. When you call the office to check on your case, you can discuss the situation with Clarke himself. Clark once worked for the insurance companies; so, he knows how they operate and what motivates them. He has office availability throughout the state of Georgia. Contact Clarke at (912) 200-5292 or use the online form to schedule a consultation today.