A concussion is a form of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). While called “mild,” a concussion can have serious effects and can result in numerous challenges for victims over the following weeks or months. Many people run the risk of a concussion while they are at work. Concussions can happen in almost any workplace – even in an office building where you would not expect serious accidents to occur.
A concussion can result from any type of trauma to the head. When you hit your head or something hits you, your brain can knock against the inside of your skull, causing damage to the brain tissue and a concussion. Such damage can also occur due to a jolt of the head without direct trauma. Some common causes of concussions include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Getting hit by an object
- Falling and hitting your head, including slip and falls
- Large machinery accidents
- Power tool accidents
- Boating accidents
Many jobs can lead to the above accidents, and anyone who suffers a concussion at work should get the proper medical care and then understand their rights to workers’ compensation benefits. Maryland law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance that will cover the medical bills and lost income of employees injured in the course of their employment.
The Costs of a Concussion
A concussion should always be properly and promptly diagnosed by a medical professional. If you hit your head at work and feel any symptoms whatsoever, you should tell your employer and go to the emergency room. Doctors can use different tests to determine whether you have an MTBI and prescribe a course of treatment. Treatment often involves a period of rest – from both mental and physical strains. If you do not appropriately refrain from certain activities, you could risk a second concussion, which can be highly dangerous.
Medical treatment may include:
- Emergency room or urgent care visit
- Follow-up appointments
- Rehabilitative therapy to manage or overcome symptoms
These bills can add up quicker than you may think. In addition, many concussion victims must take time from work on the doctor’s orders. This is especially true if your job involves inherent risks of falling or other head trauma. You can lose income for each hour and day you miss from work.
Important Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When you file a claim for benefits and provide evidence of your injuries and medical expenses, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer should cover your medical bills and a percentage of your lost wages. If you cannot work for an extended period of time, you may be eligible for temporary disability payments. The workers’ compensation process can be more complicated than you would think, however, and you should always consult with an attorney to ensure you receive the full benefits you deserve after a concussion.
Speak With Our Maryland Work Injury Attorneys Right Away
The workers’ compensation lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, help injured workers receive the benefits they need and deserve. Call (301) 812-4777 or contact us online for a free case evaluation regarding your situation.