Symptoms of Concussion Injuries and Your Rights To Workers’ Compensation In Maryland
Concussions are one of the most common types of injuries and can happen due to accidents on the job. They can result from getting struck by objects or due to any type of movement that causes a sudden jolting or shaking of the head. Even a seemingly mild concussion has the potential to impact your health and your ability to work or engage in other activities for years into the future. Our Maryland workers’ compensation attorney explains more about how they happen, symptoms to be alert for, and your rights to benefits.
Concussion Injuries On The Job: Warning Signs To Be Alert For
September 15, 2023 is National Concussion Awareness Day. This annual event sheds light on how common concussion injuries are, how they occur, and the impacts victims suffer as a result.
A concussion can happen due to any type of violent bump, blow, or jolt to the head. This can cause disruptions in neural pathways, resulting in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as three million people seek treatment for concussion injuries each year.
Concussions are common in the construction industry and among retail and restaurant workers. They also pose major risks for delivery drivers or anyone who is required to travel as part of their job. Any type of accident in which you are struck by unsecured objects, loose fixtures, or scattered debris, and violent, abrupt movements, such as due to a slip or fall, can result in a concussion. Common symptoms to look for include:
- Momentary loss of consciousness.
- Severe headache.
- Impaired vision or hearing.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of memory about the accident.
- Dizziness and lack of coordination.
- Difficulty speaking or understanding what others are saying.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Concussions
Concussions can cause major physical impairments, impacting your ability to walk or perform certain types of tasks. They can also impact cognitive skills needed on the job, such as reading comprehension and communication abilities, while causing personality changes, such as severe anxiety and depression.
When these injuries happen on the job or in the course of performing job-related tasks, you have the right to file a claim through the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. This can help offset the lost income you suffer while ensuring you get the medical care you need. Benefits available include:
- Coverage of all reasonable, necessary, and related medical treatment associated with your injuries.
- Payment for lost wages during your recovery.
- Long-term disability benefits, in the event a concussion causes ongoing impairments.
- Job retraining, if your injury prevents you from returning to your previous occupation.
Request A Consultation With Our Maryland Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Concussion injuries can have major impacts on every area of your life. When they happen on the job, Berman | Sobin | Gross LLP helps you get the benefits you deserve. To protect your rights in a claim, call or contact our Maryland workers’ compensation attorney online and request a consultation.