A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is caused by an impact to the head, such as a bump or a blow to the head, and can be penetrating or closed. TBIs are a major epidemic in the United States—in 2010, nearly 2.5 million people reported a TBI. TBIs are responsible for a third of all injury-related deaths, and in dangerous work environments such as construction or industrial sites, TBIs happen far too frequently. The most common form of a TBI is a concussion, and in environments where materials are falling and heavy machinery is being operated, concussions are, unfortunately, not a rare occurrence.
If your loved one suffered a TBI due to an on-the-job accident, he or she may be entitled to receive compensation through workers’ comp. If your loved one’s workplace injuries were caused by someone other than his or her employer, you may be able to file a third-party work injury claim. To learn more about your rights, contact our Indianapolis traumatic brain injury lawyers. With more than 120+ years of combined experience, we are prepared to help you navigate the legal process.
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TBI Statistics in the United States
Sadly, traumatic brain injuries are relatively common. This is particularly true for workers in high-risk industries, such as construction. However, all workers are subject to some level of risk while on the job, and TBIs can and do affect individuals across all industries.
Know the facts about traumatic brain injuries:
- Approximately 1/3 of all injury-related deaths involve a TBI in the United States.
- There are two types of severe TBIs: closed and penetrating.
- 35.2% of all TBIs are due to falls.
- Almost 32% of TBI-related deaths are caused by motor vehicle accidents.
OSHA provides standards that work sites must meet to protect employees from injuries like TBIs. Many employers are neglectful of these requirements and do not keep worksites up to standards and codes. In other instances, a non-related party may cause an accident that leads to a worker suffering a TBI. For example, if a delivery truck driver is hit by another vehicle while he is out on delivery, and the driver sustains a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident, the third-party driver may be liable for the truck driver’s damages.
Compensation for TBIs
TBIs are some of the most serious injuries a person can suffer. Even relatively “mild” TBIs, like concussions, can result in temporary or permanent brain damage. Most TBIs will require extensive medical attention, including both immediate treatment and ongoing care. In many cases, victims of TBI will require lifelong medical assistance in the form of surgeries, medication, and cognitive rehabilitation therapy. This places an immense financial burden on victims and their families, compounded by the fact that most victims are unable to return to work. And, of course, this is nothing to say of the severe physical and emotional weight of such an injury.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages:
- All medical expenses
- Projected lifetime medical costs
- Lost income and/or wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of life quality
Indiana workers’ compensation only covers certain damages. In many cases, it is not enough. To learn more about how our firm can help you work to recover the maximum compensation you and your family are owed, contact Wagner Reese today.
What to Do If You Sustain a Head Injury
- Seek medical attention immediately, or have someone help you.
- As soon as safely possible, notify your employer; let them know what happened and have your supervisor or employer file an injury or accident report.
- Contact a work accident lawyer at Wagner Reese to assist you in your case.
Not surprisingly, the highest number of concussive incidents is due to falls. Slick surfaces, high platforms, and other hazards quickly contribute to a large number of concussions happening on worksites across Indiana and across the entire country.
The CDC works in conjunction with OSHA to provide safety checklists to make sure employers are following compliance regulations for scaffolding safety procedures. If you believe your employer may not be following these regulations, give us a call today. You can also call the U.S. Department of Labor’s whistleblower hotline.
Trust Your Case to Our Team
If your employer is not following OSHA standards, call today for information on what you can do to protect yourself and your fellow employees. The Indianapolis TBI lawyers at Wagner Reese have the experience to handle your traumatic brain injury case. Call or email today to find out how our team can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve to cover the cost of your medical expenses.
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