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Head Injuries

Head Injuries and Workers' Comp

Head injuries are among the most medically and legally complex claims a law firm can handle and are also among the most common causes of death and disability.

There is no such thing as a minor head injury. Medical science continues to evolve as doctors identify long-term consequences of what may have been previously diagnosed as minor injuries, including concussions.

The number of head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, has risen dramatically in recent years. About 1.7 million cases of TBI are diagnosed each year. Costs associated with treatment, care and rehabilitation, can be astronomical, approaching $60 billion annually. The average TBI work injury claim is about $136,000, compared to $51,000 for other lost-time work accidents. More than one-third of these costs occur after the first year, making it particularly critical for victims and families to ensure their claim is taking into-account long-term costs and consequences of injury.

Work accidents are among the most common causes of head injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Seeking the advice of an experienced New Orleans workers’ compensation attorney as early as possible is the best thing you can do to protect your rights and the financial well-being of you and your family.

Head Injuries and Work Accidents

While proper diagnoses and medical care are critical to making as complete a recovery as possible, so too is determining the full extent of injury and disability, as well as the likelihood of long-term consequences of a head injury.

Common types of head injuries suffered as a result of a work accident include:

  • Concussion: While historically viewed as a relatively minor injury involving temporary loss of awareness or alertness, medical science has uncovered many long-term consequences of concussions, particularly when suffered repeatedly.
  • Skull fractures: These are breaks in the skull bone and may be linear skull fractures, depressed skull fractures, diastatic skull fractures or basal skull fractures.
  • Intracranial hematoma (ICH): Blood clots in or around the brain include epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, intracerebral hematoma and diffuse axonal injury (DAI).

Work-related head injuries most commonly result from falls, being struck by equipment or object, and motor-vehicle accidents. Blast or concussive injuries are also common causes in some occupations.

Depending on the severity and location of a head injury, a victim may suffer loss of muscle strength, motor control, loss of senses, and changes to personality and behavior. Long-term medical and rehabilitative needs typically include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Identifying all medical and rehabilitative issues, as well as long-term consequences of a work-related head injury, is critical to making a comprehensive claim for damages. In addition to workers’ compensation claims, a third-party liability claim may be pursued if other liable parties can be identified, such as an at-fault driver, property owner, or other contractor. Early consultation with an experienced New Orleans workers’ compensation attorney offers the best chance of protecting your rights and financial well-being while ensuring all of the resources necessary for medical treatment and rehabilitation are made available to you and your family without delay.

If you have been injured, call day or night for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 985-893-6530.

Louisiana Workers' Compensation Claims

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Will My Injury Be Covered?

Workers’ compensation covers both mental and physical injuries and occupational diseases.
Under Louisiana law, an accident refers to anything that is unexpected, unforeseen and occurs suddenly or violently – producing an injury.
The injury:
  • may or may not produce a disabling condition
  • may allow you to still work
  • may take you out of work
Generally, your compensation will not be affected depending upon who was at fault for the accident.
An occupational disease or illness is covered if it is the direct result of exposure to hazardous or toxic materials in the workplace. If you work in Louisiana’s oil and gas or chemical and petrochemical industries, you are at a greater risk to develop serious health conditions.

Common injuries suffered on the job include, but are not limited to:

Louisiana Workers' Comp Benefits

Will My Injury Be Covered?

In Louisiana, most workers are covered under Workers’ Compensation Statutes on the first day that they begin employment. These benefits extend to all workers whether they are employed full-time, part-time or seasonally.
Additionally, employees who are minors are also covered to the same degree as if they were adults.
Primary Types of Benefits:

Indemnity/Lost Wages — weekly payments based upon your average weekly wage; you will receive 66% of your average weekly wage capped at a maximum rate

Medical and/or Death — covers all necessary and reasonable medical treatment, including doctors visits, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy, etc.

Mileage Reimbursement — travel related expenses to and from health care provider, pharmacy, etc. Vocational Rehabilitation program designed to retrain you in an attempt to return you to work for your previous employer, or find new work.

Contact Louisiana Workers' Comp

Whether you have suffered an immediate injury or have endured a long-term disability or chronic illness, you deserve to have the support you need to recover. Our work injury attorneys will provide you with nothing less than compassionate understanding and exceptional legal counsel.
We’re eager to start advocating on your behalf.
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Wanko Workers' Comp Lawyers provides its service in New Orleans, Covington, Houma, Thibodaux, Mandeville and all across Louisiana
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19295 N 3rd St Ste 1 
Covington, Louisiana 70433
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1140 St. Charles Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Thibodaux, Louisiana 70301

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