As a worker, you are entitled to a safe and secure workplace. Unfortunately, workplace injuries still happen. If you sustain a work-related injury, you need to pursue financial restitution for your damages through the employer’s workers’ compensation program.
Head injuries are one of the most common and serious types of injuries workers sustain at work. Depending on the severity, these injuries can cause devastating changes to your physical health, concentration, reasoning and visual abilities. As a result, you may lose your ability to work either temporarily or permanently.
Here are some accidents that can lead to brain injuries at work.
Motor vehicle accidents
Workers whose jobs involve driving construction, trucking, delivery or sales vehicles are at an increased risk of getting involved in a vehicular collision. If this happens, these accidents can result in a variety of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Some of the brain injuries you can sustain during a crash include concussions, contusions and brain penetration.
Trips, slips and falls
Trips, slips and falls are one of the most common accidents in the workplace. Brain injuries resulting from slip-and-fall accidents happen when the victim lands on a hard surface during the fall. They can also happen when the victim lands on a sharp object that pierces the head.
Filing your claim
A workplace accident can turn your life upside down. One of the most important steps you need to take following a workplace accident is to notify your employer of your injuries. According to California statute, you have 30 days to report your injury to your employer in writing. Additionally, you have one year to file your workers’ compensation claim. It is extremely important that you observe these timelines.
Sustaining a brain injury at work can be very traumatizing. Find out how you can protect your rights and interests while pursuing compensation for your damages.