Occupational Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are one of the most common fatal injuries that workers encounter. Whether you work in construction, in an office, or in a factory, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can leave workers with permanent conditions. If you or a loved one have suffered a TBI on the job, workers’ compensation can and should cover all medical costs, as well wage replacement. Workers compensation pays for up to two-thirds wage replacement, and if you were permanently injured and have suffered either partial or permanent disability, this wage replacement may be a vital part of your future income. To learn more about your options for filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact an Anne Arundel County attorney to set up an appointment.
Recent Workplace Traumatic Brain Injuries in Maryland
The brain is the most important and most delicate organ in the body. Unlike a muscle, when the brain gets bruised or bleeds it can take weeks, months, or years to recover. Full recovery may never happen, in fact. Serious TBIs result in death, either immediately or hours later as a result of brain swelling or excessive trauma. The following are examples of serious occupational TBIs that resulted in death or came very close to it:
- A construction worker in Baltimore was killed instantly when a crane lifting 13,000 pounds of cement struck his head. The man was 44 years old, according to CBS Baltimore.
- Three workers were killed, one was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and a fifth was severely wounded with a gunshot to the head when a man opened fire in an Edgewood workplace. The man miraculously survived the serious head traumatic brain injury penetration and walked out of the hospital two weeks later, according to CBS Baltimore.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Most TBIs are caused by a single blow to the head that can cause one or two injury sites. For example, a roofer falls off a rooftop and lands on their back. The force of the deceleration causes the worker’s head to slam backwards onto the ground, causing the brain to be injured in the back of the head. If the force is great enough, the brain is jarred so hard that it slams into the front of the skull, resulting in a brain injury at the front of the head as well. Falling down a flight of stairs could cause multiple injury sites as well. Although less common, a penetration TBI is the most lethal, and can be caused in anything from a car crash to an office shooting.
Call Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame Today
In order to gain the maximum workers’ compensation benefits and care, you need to work with a Pasadena attorney who has the ability to fight back against low offers or denials from your employer. Contact Frame & Frame at 410-255-0373 to schedule an appointment today.