How to Deal With a Concussion in the Workplace?

If you have suffered a head or brain injury in the workplace, you could be dealing with a concussion. Even if you do not notice any symptoms of a concussion for the time being, your best course of action would be to see a doctor and seek assistance and guidance from an experienced legal team immediately.

Can you get compensation for concussion

Only after going over the details and circumstances of your case with a competent San Diego brain injury lawyer on our team can you find reassurance. We charge a contingent fee for our service so you can focus on your recovery. Let us handle your claim and take action in your best interest.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury which can be caused by a whiplash or a blow to the head. The trauma causes the head to move abruptly and rapidly back and forth which, in turn, affects the brain inside the skull by causing the brain to twist or bounce around. This could lead to chemical changes in the brain or even damage to the brain cells.

What are the symptoms of a concussion?

In case of a head injury, seek medical assistance immediately, even if you notice no symptoms of a concussion whatsoever. As far as symptoms go, they are easily recognized. The symptoms of a concussion, usually resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury, can range from mild to severe.

A mild concussion is followed by the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Tiredness & fatigue
  • Numbness & tingling
  • Lack of balance
  • Being sensitive to light/noise
  • Ringing in the ears

A more severe concussion is is followed by more severe symptoms:

  • Persistent or intensifying headaches
  • Persistent nausea and repeated vomiting
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Dilated pupils
  • Fluid leaking from ears/nose
  • Slurred or slow speech
  • Behavior changes
  • Coma.

Can you get compensation for a concussion? 

You are entitled to receive workers compensation benefits as a result of a head injury/concussion, as long as the incident that led to it took place at work. You can expect to receive coverage for your medical treatment costs and compensation for about two thirds of your lost wages.

How do you prove a concussion? 

It is important to let the physician know that the injury took place at work so they can put it in their report which you will need to submit when filing your workers compensation claim. You need to be examined by a physician who will check whether you are suffering from any of the above symptoms. Even if there are none, they may order imaging testing such as CT or MRI scans so as to rule out the possibility of internal bruising or bleeding.

How will a concussion affect my work performance?

Concussions can be unpredictable, complex and costly to treat. The condition tends to worsen when the patient is not receiving proper treatment and getting plenty of rest. In other words, you would be ill-advised to get back to work immediately after a concussion. In fact, concussions fall under the category of injuries with the longest recovery period. 

Workers who have suffered a concussion tend to experience the following issues:

  • Struggling to keep focus
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Feeling foggy
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Confusion

Only a health professional can determine how long your recovery period should last and at what point you can go back to work.

How do you prove a concussion

We will spare you the headache of navigating the work comp system alone

As if being injured and suffering from the many symptoms of a concussion weren’t enough, you are left to deal with a mountain of paperwork and lost wages. We are here to give your recovery process a healthy boost by putting our best effort into building your workers compensation case and filing your claim as promptly as possible. 

Here at Workers Compensation Attorney Group of San Diego, we work as a team to act in your best interest. Reach out to us by phone or visit one of our three locations, two in San Diego and one in Chula Vista. Let us be there for you in your hour of need!