When workers are injured on the job, they will have to go through the immediate process of applying for workers’ compensation to cover lost income. To qualify for workers’ compensation, the Ohio Bureau of Workers will want to see that the injury was caused by a work-related accident. Some accidents may leave workers with ambiguous symptoms that are difficult to prove, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Why are Concussions Difficult to Prove?
TBIs are not always severe and sometimes workers may receive a concussion from falling equipment or other blunt force trauma. Concussions are capable of leaving injured workers with symptoms that persist for months after an accident. According to the Mayo Clinic, post-concussion syndrome can cause dizziness, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss and headaches from several weeks to more than three months.
In addition to symptoms that persist for weeks or months after an accident, repeated concussions can also put a person at risk for early onset Alzheimer’s disease, mental illnesses such as major depression and can increase the risk of suicide.
The problem is that long-term symptoms from sustaining a concussion can easily appear to not be related to a work accident injury.
Consulting with an attorney is important if your work accident has created further health problems that might create difficulties for you when you attempt to secure workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation attorneys have built a career out of helping workers who have been injured in accidents and they have experience helping clients who have sustained brain injuries on the job.
Larrimer & Larrimer – Columbus Workers’ Comp Attorneys
Did You Know? Work injuries that involve falls account for $70 billion in workers’ compensation and medical costs annually in the US.