Head Injuries and Concussions in the Workplace

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Head Injuries and Concussions in the Workplace

Head injuries are one of the most serious forms of injuries in the workplace. New Jersey Workers’ Compensation cases like this should not be taken lightly.  As we know, the brain is the control center for the body, so we cannot function or live without it.  It is composed of soft tissue and can be easily damaged.  The skull – the protective layer of bone that encases the brain – only adds a thin layer of protection. That is why many employers require head protection on the job.  However, head safety gear (helmets, hard hats, etc.) only helps absorb SOME of the impact – which means head trauma is still possible, even when wearing head safety gear.

The most popular type of head/brain injury is the concussion.  A concussion is a brain contusion that varies in 13severity.  Symptoms include dizziness, confusion, short-term memory loss, vertigo, nausea, and sensitivity to light.  A concussion can last from a few days up to a few months, depending on the severity.  Repeated concussions have been linked to Alzheimer’s and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

What causes a Concussion?

Any type of blow to the head that is strong enough to cause a contusion.  Examples can be falling objects, hard falls, fighting, vehicular accidents, head to head contact in a physical sport, malfunctioning of equipment, and slips and falls.  Trauma to the side of the head have been stronger correlated than trauma to the crown .

Who is at Risk?

-Construction workers

-Dock Workers

-Firefighters

-Police Officers

-Professional Athletes

-Delivery drivers

-Taxi Drivers

-Plumbers

-Electricians

-Commercial Painters

What to do if I suffer a brain injury/concussion?

The first thing you should do is receive medical attention to take care of the issue.  The second thing you should do is file a DWC-1, which is a first report of injury form for workers.  Any employee who has suffered any type of brain injury at work is eligible for Worker’s Comp. Benefits.  Benefits include medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages (up to 2/3rds).

If you’ve suffered a brain injury at work and been neglected compensation, you must take action.  Not only is it immoral for an employer to neglect you, it is against NJ State Law!  At the Morano Firm, we are strongly committed to defending clients who have been wrongfully neglected by their employers for injury benefits – especially head trauma!  If you’ve suffered a brain injury/concussion at work and believe you’ve been neglected by your employer to pay for your medical expense, Call The Morano Law Firm LLC Today: 201-598-5019 for a no cost, no obligation meeting to discuss your individual case.  We will make sure you receive the benefits you deserve and the treatment to get you back to work!

Amputation Injuries in the Work Place

There are hundreds of different types of amputations that can occur when you are severely injured in a work-related iStock_000009703092_Smallaccident. One that comes to mind immediately would be a construction worker cutting off his fingers or hand at the wrist when carelessly cutting a two by four. Another would be a tree surgeon climbing a tree with a chain saw and slipping as a result of miscalculating the direction of a falling limb, accidentally grabbing onto the cutting edge of his moving chain saw. A butcher at a supermarket is chopping, cutting and slicing all day long and it’s hard to find one who hasn’t cut off at least a part of a finger at some point. Deli workers use slicers, butchers chefs use knives, woodworkers and metal workers use drills and saws …. all powerful equipment capable of removing a finger, hand or arm in a split second. And as devastating as losing a digit or a limb can be, if your are involved in a work-related amputation accident you actually have a bigger problem to worry about and that is what to do next in the event  an amputation accident happens to you so that you don’t die.

What To Do In The Event Of An Amputation Accident

Calling 911 or your company’s emergency medical team might be a little difficult if you now have only one hand or arm, but if you can reach your cell phone and dial 911 you should. If you are alone you should yell as loud as possible for help. If there are others with you they can and should immediately make the 911 call to get professional medical help to the scene as quickly as possible. In an amputation accident there will be a massive loss of blood. You and your coworkers should use a belt, rope, cord or item of clothing to make a tourniquet slightly above the point of amputation to slow the blood loss. Elevate the limb as much as possible so that gravity aids in slowing the blood loss. Sit or lay down and stay calm so that your heart rate normalizes and wait for help to arrive.

After you have received the best possible medical treatment you should call The Morano Law Firm LLC as we are experienced and knowledgeable New Jersey Workers Compensation Lawyers and have dealt with many total and partial New Jersey work-related amputation cases in the past. We can get you compensation for your medical and rehabilitation expenses as well as replacement and continuance of your lost wages. We know our way through every in and out of Workers’ Compensation Law so we can cut right through to the important issues that govern your individual situation. We know the dangers that you face everyday on the job ,and we will insure that your New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Amputation claim is maximized. Call The Morano Law Firm LLC Today: 201-598-5019