Head Injuries In The Workplace
Concussions are marked by unconsciousness of any kind and any length following head trauma. A growing body of medical research shows that concussions have greater long-term consequences than previously understood. This may lead to minor or serious memory loss, behavioral issues, and ongoing cognitive consequences.
There are several different types of head injuries that you might experience in the workplace:
- Simple fractures can easily be misdiagnosed as a simple concussion, when in fact a break in the bone has occurred without showing external signs such as damage to the skin.
- Linear skull fractures refer to a break in a cranial bone; this resembles a thin line with no actual splintering, depression, or distortion of the bone.
- Depressed skull fracture is an indentation of the bone toward the brain, accompanied by splintering. This type of head injury results from blunt force trauma, with a high chance of some degree of brain injury.
- Compound fracture is a splintering break in the skull accompanied by significant lacerations in the skin. The incidence of brain injury is high.
- Basal skull fractures occur at the floor of the skull near the eyes, ear, spine, or nasal cavity. These injuries frequently cause other complications beyond a brain injury such as paralysis, blindness, or deafness.
- Hemorrhaging refers to a laceration or cut that causes bleeding in the brain. In a closed head injury, blood may slowly seep into critical areas, causing a build-up of pressure that may potentially lead to death.
- Serious head injury symptoms include dizziness, confusion or fogginess, unusual levels of fatigue, headache and pressure, vomiting or nausea, slurred speech patterns, or amnesia.
We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and our head injury lawyers are dedicated to winning the L&I benefits and compensation to which you are entitled. Our practice was founded on a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. Call us today for a free case review on your head injury or L&I claim.
<H2>Our Seattle L&I Attorneys Will Help You Recover:
- Medical benefits: L&I medical benefits will cover all medical costs associated with your claim. This can include doctor appointments, treatments, surgeries, occupational therapy, and prescription medications.
- Time-loss and wage replacement: If you are approved for time-loss benefits, you may receive compensation for lost wages and vocational rehabilitation.
- Damages for pain and suffering: L&I settlement amounts vary widely and typically fall into three categories:
- 1. L&I Disability Pensions: A life-long benefit awarded to injured workers who will never be able to return to any gainful employment due to a severe or life-threatening injury.
- 2. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Awards: A one-time sum paid to injured workers when their L&I claim is closed. The worker can re-enter the workforce following a PPD award.
- 3. Claim Resolution Settlement Agreement (CRSA): An L&I settlement option where all parties agree to close an injury claim for a specified amount. When agreeing to this settlement type, the injured worker exchanges all future benefits, except medical, for the payment.
We understand that many families depend on the income of an injured worker, and our L&I and head injury attorneys are dedicated to winning the benefits and compensation to which you are entitled by law. Our practice was founded on a commitment to advocating for workers’ rights, and we are proud of our record protecting the injured and disabled. Call us today to learn how Emery | Reddy can help you with your head injury L&I claim.
Your L&I Claim Is Worth More If You Also Have An Employment Law Claim
A significant number of L&I workers’ compensation claims often involve additional legal claims such as employment law or third-party claims. Many people file their claims without seeking representation from an L&I attorney and thus never discover that, in addition to their L&I claim, they may be missing out on the ability to file an employment law claim or a third-party claim. Pursuing additional legal action has the potential to significantly increase a claim’s overall compensation.
What Is An Employment Law Claim?
Many injured workers find that their employer has taken, or plans to take, adverse action against them because they filed an L&I claim or they are out of work. You can file a lawsuit against your employer for several reasons, including retaliation, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, or unpaid wages. An L&I attorney that is experienced in both L&I workers’ compensation law and employment law can help you with your L&I claim while simultaneously filing a federal or state law claim for the violation of workers’ rights by your employer.
What Is A Third-Party Claim?
A third-party claim is one in which someone other than your employer or co-worker is responsible for your injury. If you have been injured on the job due to someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party claim, which combines your L&I claim with a personal injury claim using the same facts.
Unlike workers’ compensation payments, there is no limit to the amount of compensation an injured worker may seek in third-party damages.
Who Is At Fault For A Workplace Injury?
L&I is a no-fault system, ensuring compensation for any workplace injury. However, if a third-party is involved in causing the injury, you may be able to pursue legal action against them for additional compensation under third-party claims.
How Do I Know If I Have A Case?
The bottom line is that anyone who isn’t familiar with L&I claims should seek the input of experienced L&I attorneys who are.
Emery | Reddy Can Help You With Your L&I Claim
Emery | Reddy, PLLC is the only law firm in Washington State that is equipped to provide comprehensive representation on your case from every angle. Our Seattle L&I attorneys thoroughly assess every case to determine if our clients have additional claims, and at times this can extend far beyond the underlying workers’ compensation claim.
If you have been injured in the workplace, call Emery | Reddy today to speak with our legal team for a free case review. Please remember to have your L&I claim number readily available.
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Meet The Team
The head injury lawyers at Emery | Reddy are passionate about helping workers with L&I claims and employment law issues. We Help Workers®: it’s our motto and what drives us every day.
We know how L&I and big companies think, and we understand the tactics they use. Our Seattle head injury lawyers use that knowledge coupled with over two decades of experience to help our clients get access to the L&I benefits to which they are legally entitled and hold employers accountable when they break the law.
With our law office location in Seattle, we serve communities throughout the region, including Vancouver, Bellevue, Everett, Olympia, Shoreline, Spokane, and Tacoma. If you’re struggling with an L&I claim, injury, or legal issue at work, please call us and see how Emery | Reddy can help you today.