Workplace Head Injuries – 5 Ways Employees May Suffer Breaks, Burns, or Cuts
Workplace head injuries are an extremely common, extremely dangerous, injury amongst employees.
There were over 68,000 workplace head injuries amongst US employees in 2020. This is an 11 percent increase since 2011.
Over half of all workplace head injuries involved male employees. The average age was between 25-34 years old.
Workplace head injuries can lead to severe ramifications, including:
- Concussions: generally the result of quick and hard jolts to the head that force the brain against the skull, a concussion can have short-term effects like dizziness or inability to concentrate. Long-term effects can involve frequent headaches and memory loss.
- Skull fractures: this type of head injury occurs when part of the bone in the skull is broken. Swelling or bleeding from the nose or ears are symptoms.
- Burns: from fast food employees to those working with plants, the risks of suffering a burn to the skin are greater for some professions. From chemical burns to thermal burns, these can lead to irreparable head and facial injuries.
- Cuts and Lacerations: similar to burns, a deep cut on the head can not only scar the victim, but can also break the skin or skull and damage the brain.
There are a number of ways an employee can suffer workplace head injuries.
- Falling objects: especially common for those working in warehouses, a box full of heavy items can fall from a higher spot and land on the victim’s head, leading to a serious injury.
- Slips: employees can slip over wet surfaces and land on their head
- Trips or Falls: similar to a slip, an employee may trip over a broken title, or fall from a ladder.
- Car accident: employees who drive for their occupation, or even operate a motorized vehicle on a construction site, may collide with an object or other car, creating a risk for a head injury.
- Explosions: a frequent cause of burns, explosions may also cause someone to fall from an elevated area and injure their head.
If you are the victim of any workplace head injuries, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation.
Workers’ Compensation benefits help workers who were the victim of a work-related injury or illness.
An injured employee may recover compensation for their injuries, including:
- Medical benefits to help pay for medical expenses.
- Temporary disability benefits for short-term injuries.
- Permanent disability benefits for longer-term injuries that may prevent a worker from returning to the job.
- Vocational rehabilitation for educational or training/retraining for certain skills related to a job.
- Death benefits for a worker’s dependents (children, spouse, parents, grandparents, etc.).
If you are the victim of workplace head injuries, just because you were injured at work does not mean a workers’ comp claim will go smoothly. It’s not rare for claims to be denied.
For a successful workers’ compensation claim, the injured employee must prove that their injury happened on the job as a result of their work. Workplace head injuries that are the result of play fighting with a colleague or getting intoxicated at work do not qualify for workers’ compensation.
If you’ve found yourself in an uphill battle following a workers’ comp claim, reaching out to an LA workers’ compensation attorney may help with your case.
The workers’ comp attorneys at C&B Law Group are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve after suffering any workplace head injuries. We have decades of combined experience helping victims of workplace head injuries recover funds they deserve.
Our firm has many satisfied customers who’ve received millions of dollars in compensation following workplace injuries. We won’t back down from workers’ comp claims adjusters or insurance companies who may invalidate your case.
Don’t hesitate, contact our workers’ comp attorneys today to receive a free consultation.