Brain injuries can be devastating for victims. These injuries occur in a variety of ways, including workplace accidents. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we are standing by to help when you need a Los Angeles traumatic brain injury attorney after a workplace accident. Our attorneys are standing by to work with injury victims and their families in these cases. Our goal is to investigate what happened, determine liability, and secure full compensation for all of your injury losses.
When most people think of Traumatic Brain Injuries usually the first images that pop into mind maybe football players or those involved in a car accident. The pop culture associated TBI with repetitive trauma that ballplayers receive over the course of a career involving constant headbanging. What tends to get overlooked is that TBIs can happen in almost any environment, yes even on the job.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides a shocking number of Americans who died or were severely injured each year due to TBIs. Over the course of 7 years, back from 2003-2010, an average of 315 construction workers died from TBI. Employees who are subjected to higher risk are those who work at construction companies. About 25% of all construction worker-related deaths were a result of brain injuries.
It may come as quite of a shock because brain injuries are not typically associated with construction sites, you generally see more high scaffolding, electrocution or equipment malfunction, or other issues instead of TBIs. However, approximately 50% of brain injuries result from falls.
Head injuries commonly occur in workplaces in and around Los Angeles. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we often discover that these incidents occur due to the following:
The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury will vary widely depending on several factors related to each specific situation. This includes the severity of the initial injury, how quickly a person received medical treatment, and the effectiveness of the medical care involved. However, regardless of whether or not a person seeks immediate medical care, brain injuries could have the following effects on a victim:
A traumatic brain injury can lead to temporary or permanent disabilities that affect a person’s ability to work as well as their ability to participate in everyday activities. It is not uncommon for a brain injury victim to have a significantly lowered quality of life following the incident that caused their injury.
Traumatic brain injuries vary in severity as symptoms range from headaches and nausea to a loss of consciousness. The time frame it takes to recover can last anywhere from weeks to months and that is just from a mild case of TBI. Much more severe TBIs can result in lifelong impairment or even death.
This raises a good question. What can employers do to prevent TBIs on the job? For starters, it would be wise for all employers to institute safety procedures to minimize the risks of falls and protect employees’ heads. Fall protection may look like using a harness system, controlling access to certain high-risk areas, setting up guardrails as well as providing proper protective gear. It is beneficial to train employees and never push them to work past capacity or what is safe. Granted, it will take more time to put on a safety harness before working at great heights, but it is not worth the risk of neglecting the extra safety step. It will cost the company more money if an employee is injured or killed as a result of suffering a TBI.
Brain injuries are only one type of harm that one can suffer on the job. Employers and employees need to be cautious of exposure to chemicals repetitive motion injuries and other types of injuries that may be covered under works’ compensation. Regardless of where you work, whether it be a construction site or in an office, you are entitled to protection under the workers’ compensation system.
The successful reduction of TBIs and fatality rates relies on a collaborative approach to improve workplace health and safety. When continuous workforce education is provided the chances for an accident to occur drop significantly.
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a brain injury due to a work-related accident, you need to seek legal assistance immediately. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our dedicated team has the resources necessary to fully investigate what happened and stand up to aggressive workers compensation insurance carriers. Our goal is to secure the compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
If a third-party was responsible for the brain injury at the workplace, our team will work to secure additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. When you need a Los Angeles traumatic brain injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005. Our team of experts will aggressively pursue your rights to compensation and benefits that you deserve should you suffer any injuries while at work. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or through our website by filling out our form.