What is CTE? 3 Potentially Deadly Workplace Injuries
CTE is an extremely serious and dangerous brain injury.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is defined as a progressive and fatal brain disease associated with repeated traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). They are caused by frequent concussions or other damaging blows to the head.
There are many signs of CTE, including:
- Memory issues
- Changes in personality
- Violent or erratic behavior
Symptoms of CTE may not be immediate.
Much discussion regarding CTE has come up over the last few years regarding head injuries in the NFL. A recent study from Boston University revealed 91 percent of over 350 former NFL players studied had CTE.
While CTE obviously has made a huge impact on football players, it can affect others as well, especially in the workplace.
There are a few examples of potential injury causes at work:
A slip and fall at work can occur in a number of ways. These are extremely common accidents that can result in various injuries, one of which being a blow to the head.
Slips and falls might happen because of a wet surface or uneven floor. Sometimes, a worker may fall from an elevated location, like at a construction site.
Falling objects can also cause head injuries. Imagine a box falling onto a workers’ head, or a metal pipe coming loose and colliding with a victim.
Furthermore, car accidents on the job can lead to head injuries. If you drive for work, the impact from a crash may cause you to bang your head on the steering wheel or dashboard.
While some of these situations seem like one time incidents, they could happen on a more repetitive basis. While studies show that CTE is linked to multiple head injuries, there isn’t enough research to show it can’t start developing after only one.
Regardless of whether you or a loved one have suffered only one head injury at work or many more, you should seek medical attention immediately. While there is no cure for CTE, you could be one blow away from starting or worsening the condition.
It’s also important to contact a workers’ compensation attorney, especially if there is any pushback from your employer.
Workers’ compensation protects employees who are injured on the job, helping them receive damages for their injuries.
Examples of workers’ comp benefits include:
- Medical benefits to help with the expenses of doctor’s visits and other medical care.
- Disability benefits (temp or permanent) dependent on how you can or can’t return to work.
- Death benefits for dependents in an incident of death on the job.
Some workers are not covered by workers’ comp, such as independent contractors.
It’s not rare for workers’ compensation claims to be denied. There are any number of reasons they could be denied, one of which might be due to your employer’s belief that the injury did not take place on the job.
In this situation, it’s important to contact a workers’ comp attorney in Los Angeles. At C&B Law Group, our LA workers’ compensation attorneys are prepared to help you receive the maximum amount possible following a workers’ comp claim.
We’ve helped victims of workplace injuries recover millions of dollars in compensation. We want to bring you justice and help you, too.
Some occupations more prone to injuries include:
- Construction workers
- Truck drivers
- Taxi/cab drivers
- Warehouse employees
- Yard workers
C&B Law Group services clients across Los Angeles and Southern California, including areas such as:
- North Hollywood
- Van Nuys
- Panorama City
- Downtown LA
- Orange County
- Inland Empire