What is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBI are life-alternating injuries that can cause death or even disability to the victim. TBIs can be caused an object penetrating the skull and damaging the brain tissue or a direct blow to the head.
When the skull moves quickly and forcefully, it causes damage to the brain. A TBI can even be caused by sudden air pressure changes, such as an explosion or near-drowning experience. A concussion is often an indicator of a TBI.
TBI at Workplace
Traumatic Brain Injury is a severe hazard for employees in many industries. TBIs can happen at your workplace, or they can happen outside of work.
In addition to the worker’s current injury, long-term consequences can occur with a TBI. In America, about 2 million people get a TBI over one every minute, every day. These disabilities could affect an individual’s ability to work and make it harder to focus on the tasks at hand.
At the workplace, TBI can result from an accident at work or from getting injured at home and then coming to work without realizing it. The symptoms of TBI include headache, confusion, loss of balance and coordination, dizziness, nausea, ringing in the ears, and blurry or double vision.
TBI can be caused by various injuries that affect the brain; these include subdural hematoma (bleeding around the brain), contusion (bruising), and laceration.
Filing a Brain Injury Claim in 5 simple steps
Head injury is a severe issue, and it may happen while in the workplace. These are the steps to file a TBI injury claim at the workplace :
- Get medical attention as soon as possible.
- Contact your employer to inform them of your injury.
- Report the injury to the Workers’ Compensation Board.
- Gather any information that might be relevant to your claims, such as doctor’s notes, reports from your employer, and witness statements.
- Contact an experienced TBI lawyer for help with filing your compensation claim.
TBI compensation is a complicated matter to deal with; not only does the injured party need to endure physical and mental anguish, but they also need to battle the compensation system to get their deserved money and assets.
Many TBI victims do not know what type of coverage they might be entitled to or navigate the system. Therefore, they need to know that even if they cannot work, they could still be entitled to a monthly disability income from Social Security. This benefit is limited, but it can be a lifesaver for those with no other income.
Types of TBI
To receive TBI compensation, three types of injuries merit consideration: physical, cognitive, and emotional.
- Physical traumas include concussions or other brain damage that can be detected by an MRI or CAT scan.
- Cognitive injuries are harder to detect and usually occur without a blow to the head. It includes any memory problems that might arise, difficulty concentrating on tasks, or thinking quickly.
- Emotional trauma can also come from a TBI and is often overlooked. It’s important to remember that people with TBIs may express their trauma differently. As mental health is still taboo and hence ends up on the back burner.
Depending on the type of your injury, you might receive your compensation. The average TBI compensation in the US is $160,000. This amount varies based on the severity of the injury. For example, an individual with a severe traumatic brain injury may recover from an initial award of $1 million after a few years. An individual who has a mild TBI may recover from an initial award of $50,000 after a few years.
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After a Work injury, you are entitled to compensation. Visit our website at Pistiolas Law to learn more about Brain Injury claims from our team of expert and experienced lawyers and book a free case evaluation at 844-414-1768.