The experienced team of Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, have a long history of helping injured workers collect the maximum workers’ compensation benefits available to them. Our lawyers are committed to helping employees who have suffered a traumatic brain injury recover the compensation they are entitled to under the law.
In Pennsylvania, head injuries are among the most frequent workplace injuries, according to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry. More than 20,000 people are impacted by head injuries in the state each year, which amounts to one out of every eight workplace injuries or illnesses being related to a head injury.
Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of traumatic brain injury. In a car accident, the brain can suffer injury when the impact of the crash forces the brain to hit the inside layer of the skull. In some cases, this type of impact can lead to a severe concussion, but depending upon the severity of the impact, the damage can be significant. Construction workers, truck drivers, delivery persons, cleaning services that travel to various sites, and home repair workers such as plumbers, electricians, and remodeling workers can become victims of TBIs while driving to or for their jobs.
Slip and falls are common causes of traumatic brain injuries. Uneven floor surfaces or torn carpets in offices, wet floors, poor lighting, potholes or cracked cement in parking lots or on sidewalks, as well as snow or ice-covered surfaces, can cause workers to hit their heads when they fall. Workers’ compensation benefits can be available to cover medical expenses that result from a brain injury such as a concussion or fractured skull.
Defective equipment can also cause a traumatic brain injury. Defective power tools, machinery, or equipment such as ladders and forklifts can result in serious workplace accidents. Brain injuries can occur when a worker’s head comes into contact with high-powered machinery, power saws, jackhammers, or nail guns. Falls from defective or poorly maintained ladders and heavy loads that fall from malfunctioning forklifts can result in a serious brain injury that may permanently disable the victim.
Explosions on the job are an additional cause of traumatic brain injury. Explosive and combustible chemicals used in construction or industrial manufacturing can cause explosions with impacts strong enough to throw a worker against a wall or floor. In these cases, the impact of the explosive material combined with the impact of the victim’s head with the ground or other hard surface can cause a severe brain injury as well as burns and amputations. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover the injured worker’s medical bills and provide a portion of their lost wages while they recover.
How a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney Can Help
When it comes to workers’ compensation, many claimants make the mistake of trying to deal with the workers’ comp carrier themselves. This can be a foolhardy decision. A traumatic brain injury lawyer can help claimants receive the maximum calculation for their pre-injury wages, which determines how much money they will be paid for their claims each week.
Benefit calculations are based on wage loss, medical expenses, and the classification and severity of the injury sustained. A knowledgeable and qualified workers’ comp attorney with a track record of handling traumatic brain injury cases can help ensure that claimants are deemed eligible to collect benefits and receive the biggest benefits awards they are eligible for under the law.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Advocate for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury
The experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, are dedicated to pursuing the maximum benefits available to our clients that have suffered a traumatic brain injury, including help with medical benefits, wage loss benefits, and other compensation. Call us at 215-512-1500, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our traumatic brain injury attorney now. Our offices are conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.