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Dealing with a work-related head injury

Experiencing a head injury at work can be frightening. The potential for a brain injury exists even if there is no outward sign of damage.

If the injury occurred on the job, you are covered by Georgia workers’ compensation. Now is a time when you should use those benefits to make sure you are all right. Workers’ compensation provides free medical care to treat work-related injuries. It also provides disability income if you are unable to work or can only work full time due to an injury that happens on the job.  

Symptoms of a brain injury

The full extent of head injury may not be immediately known. Sometimes family members are the first to notice that something is not right following an accident. Possible symptoms of a brain injury include:

  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Mood changes
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Difficulty following directions

Rather than assume that these symptoms will go away, it’s important to see a doctor who can diagnose can treat a brain injury. This is important both for your recovery and to protect your right to receive income benefits and medical benefits from workers’ compensation.

Following a head injury, you should:

  • Within 30 days of the accident, report the injury to your employer.
  • See a doctor who is approved to treat workers’ compensation patients. Your employer or workers’ compensation insurance company can provide you with a list.
  • Follow through on your doctor’s treatment plan.

Any time you have a potentially serious injury, it’s important to discuss your case with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. At Skibiel Law, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case if you suffer a work-related head injury. We can help you if the insurance company denies your injury claim or if you do not agree with your doctor’s diagnosis or treatment plan.   

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