A workplace injury is something you should take very seriously. You may not believe you suffered an injury when in fact you are injured. Therefore, you should always report any accidents and injuries to your employer when they occur to avoid being denied for Florida workers’ compensation benefits. This applies when you believe you may have suffered a concussion at work. One workplace injury that is common and may not always be reported is a concussion. A concussion at work can result from a fall or falling equipment. Anything your head strikes an object, you can suffer a concussion. The important thing is that a physician checks you and you know what to look for after you experience a head injury.
What Are the Common Symptoms of a Concussion at Work?
You can suffer a concussion and not know you have been injured because symptoms can take hours or days to appear. By the time symptoms do appear, you may think the symptoms are caused by something other than your head injury. Therefore, it is important to know the common symptoms of a concussion, so you know what to watch for if you sustain a head injury at work. After sustaining a head injury, look for one or more of the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Headaches, especially chronic headaches that become worse or won’t go away
- Confusion or trouble remembering things
- Dizziness or ringing in the ears
- Vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Blurry vision
- Sleep disturbances
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Numbness in the extremities
For more information about concussions, you can visit the Mayo Clinic and CDC websites. Because you may be unaware that you are experiencing some of the symptoms of a concussion, it is a good idea to ask someone to monitor you in case you need immediate medical attention.
Treatment for Concussions
While it is true that many concussions go away on their own with no intervention, you should NEVER assume your concussion is not serious. You should always be evaluated by a doctor if you sustain a head injury. A doctor can rule out a more serious condition and provide treatment options. In some cases, a concussion requires more than simply time and rest as treatment. However, only a professional trained in treating concussions can evaluate your symptoms and diagnose your condition. Your concussion could result in long-term chronic pain or a reduction in mobility.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Concussion at Work
If you suffer a concussion at work, you are entitled to receive workers’ comp benefits, including medical care and income benefits. However, proving a concussion was suffered on the job can be difficult depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident. Because of a lack of outward trauma, many insurance companies try to deny liability for concussion injuries. Don’t give up! If you are injured on the job, you have the right to receive benefits under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. If your employer or its insurance carrier is denying your claim, call our office to meet with a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney for free. The Florida workers’ comp lawyers of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney. We represent individuals in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, & Miami, FL.