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What Kinds of Accidents can Cause Workplace Head Injuries?

What Kinds of Accidents can Cause Workplace Head Injuries?

Nonfatal workplace injuries affected some 3 million workers during 2014, according to statistics [1] released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Head injuries [2]  are among the most serious type of nonfatal injury that a person can sustain as they often have the potential to lead to long-term problems and may even spell the end of a person’s career. Fortunately for people who are injured at work, Delaware’s Workers’ Compensation Program provides people who sustain work-related injuries or who develop occupational illnesses with benefits regardless of fault.

Work-related head injuries can occur in a variety of different accidents, some of which are discussed below. If you have questions or would like additional information regarding a specific case, do not hesitate to call our Delaware workers’ compensation law firm today for a free consultation.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many employment positions require that employees regularly drive motor vehicles such as cars and trucks as part of their daily duties.  Some examples of the kinds of jobs that may require workers to drive a vehicle include construction, trucking, delivery services, couriers, residential and commercial cleaning services, home repair services, and others. The tremendous forces often involved in motor vehicle accidents can easily cause head injuries, sometimes with devastating results.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are consistently among the most common causes of serious head injuries. There are many reasons that a slip and fall may occur at work, including an employee’s own clumsiness, torn carpet, liquid spills, inadequate lighting, cracked pavement, accumulations of snow and ice, and many others. When people who slip and fall hit their heads on the ground or on another object, serious injuries can occur as a result. Fortunately for victims, workers’ compensation will provide benefits for these kinds of work-related injuries regardless of if the accident was the result of employer negligence or not.

Explosions

Certain industries such as industrial manufacturing and construction involve the use of materials that have the potential to explode under certain conditions. Explosions can often cause head injuries by either throwing an individual against the ground due to the initial blast wave or through causing debris to fly through the air and strike a person’s head.

Accidents caused by Defective Work Equipment

In some cases, a serious head injury may be caused by defective equipment used at the workplace. Sometimes, these kinds of cases may actually give an injured worker a right to sue the equipment manufacturer, which can involve significantly more compensation that he or she would be able to obtain through a workers’ compensation claim. For this reason, anyone that has sustained a head injury that may be attributable to defective work tools or equipment should have their case thoroughly reviewed by an experienced lawyer.

What are the complications associated with head injuries?

The complications associated with head injuries are varied, and their severity tends to be in direct proportion to the severity of the initial accident. Some of the more common complications associated with severe head injuries include the following:

  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Varying degrees of consciousness
  • Depression
  • Problems understanding
  • Difficulty communicating with others
  • Seizures
  • Buildup of fluid
  • Issues with problem-solving
  • Changes in behavior
  • Difficulty in social interaction

These and other potential complications associated with serious head trauma have the potential to leave victims with significant medical bills and an inability to work for an extended period of time. For this reason, it is absolutely critical for anyone that has sustained a workplace head injury to contact an attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure that his or her legal rights are protected.

Call a Delaware workers’ compensation attorney today to schedule a free consultation

When people sustain serious head injuries at work, they are often legally entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits. Victims should keep in mind that while it is possible to secure workers’ compensation benefits without the assistance of an attorney, a lawyer can help ensure that you receive the full value of your claim and can help navigate the process should any issues arise. The lawyers of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are skilled Delaware workers’ compensation lawyers who are committed to helping injured workers recover for their injuries. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 215-546-0340 or send us an email through our online contact form.

[1]  http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh.nr0.htm

[2]  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000028.htm

 

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