Concussions and Workers’ Compensation in California
For many employees across Orange County and the Inland Empire, concussions are a pressing concern. They can happen in almost any industry and have long-lasting impacts on your ability to work. But here’s the good news – if you’ve been hurt at work, including suffering anything from a mild to severe concussion, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. At Invictus Law, P.C., a Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation specialist is dedicated to helping injured workers navigate the complexities of the California workers’ compensation system.
What Is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow to the head or violent shaking of the upper body and head. Concussions can disrupt your brain function, resulting in symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and problems with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination.
Concussions in the Workplace
While concussions are commonly associated with contact sports, they also occur frequently in a variety of occupational settings. Construction workers may sustain concussions from falls or getting struck by falling objects. Warehouse employees can suffer concussions due to forklift accidents. Even office workers can experience concussions from slip-and-fall accidents or items falling from shelves.
Workers’ Compensation for Concussions in California
In California, if you’ve suffered a concussion as a result of a workplace accident, you’re typically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These can include:
- Medical Expenses: All necessary and reasonable medical treatment related to the concussion is covered, including doctor visits, hospital stays, and medications.
- Temporary Disability Benefits: If you’re unable to work while recovering, you can receive compensation for lost wages.
- Permanent Disability Benefits: If you have permanent impairments from the concussion that affect your ability to earn a living, you may be entitled to long-term benefits.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If the concussion prevents you from returning to your old job, you may receive help finding and training for new work.
The Challenges of Seeking Compensation for Concussions
Despite the severity of concussions, getting workers’ compensation can be challenging. Concussions don’t always show up on medical imaging tests, making it difficult to prove their existence. Additionally, insurance companies may argue that the concussion was not work-related, or that you’re exaggerating your symptoms.
How Invictus Law, P.C. Can Help
At Invictus Law, P.C., we specialize in helping Southern California workers get the compensation they deserve after getting hurt on the job. Our Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation specialist understands the intricacies of concussions and workers’ compensation laws in California. We can help gather evidence to substantiate your claim, counter any arguments from insurance companies, and guide you through the process.
If you’ve sustained a concussion at work, don’t leave your health and financial well-being to chance. Reach out to the experienced team at Invictus Law, P.C. today. Your recovery and rights are our priority. Throughout Orange County and the Inland Empire, call 949-287-5711 or 888-9WORKLAW for a free consultation regarding your workers’ comp claim.