The brain can suffer an injury in many different accidents, from a warehouse slip and fall to a forklift rollover. The brain may sustain damage any time an external force strikes the head. Industrial machinery accidents could cause brain injuries that impact a worker for life. If you have a brain injury or are taking care of a loved one with a brain injury after a workplace accident, contact the lawyers at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. in Dallas, TX for assistance. You may be eligible for financial compensation.
Do You Need a Lawyer?
Filing a workers’ compensation claim after a brain injury may not end in the results you want. Workers’ compensation may be the easiest route, but it can only result in payment for your medical bills, disability, and two-thirds lost wages. A personal injury claim, on the other hand, could pay 100% of your lost wages, plus noneconomic and punitive damages. Hiring a lawyer ensures you select the right course of action for your serious injury case. A Dallas injury lawyer can handle negotiations for you, while you focus on healing from your serious injuries.
Types of Brain Injuries
No brain injury is minor, and no two are alike. The brain is a very complex organ that can suffer damage in many different ways. The circumstances of the accident and the part of the brain injured will determine the effects on the victim.
- Closed head injury. The brain could suffer an injury even if the external force does not fracture the skull. The head can strike the inside of the skull and start to bleed or swell.
- Open head injury. Some head injuries compromise the skull, such as a fracture or puncture wound. An open head injury could lead to brain damage and infections.
- Traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries come from external forces, such as falls, car accidents, physical assaults, struck-by objects, and impacts from tools or machinery.
- Acquired brain injury. An acquired brain injury comes from internal problems, such as lack of oxygen to the brain. Ingesting or inhaling harmful chemicals could cause an acquired brain injury, as could suffocation.
A brain injury could cause temporary or long-term cognitive challenges, such as memory loss or difficulty communicating. It could also cause physical disabilities, including muscle spasms, paralysis, and seizures. The prognosis of a patient with a brain injury will depend on the individual.
Causes of Brain Injuries in the Workplace
The last thing an employee expects when he or she clocks in for work is to leave with a brain injury. Unfortunately, many industries and occupations put workers at an increased risk of head and brain injuries. Workers in construction, industrial machinery, assembly, oil and gas, and manufacturing are at a higher risk of brain injuries than others.
- Defective machinery
- Crane accidents
- Scaffold collapses
- Dropped tools or materials
- Forklift rollovers
- Fallen loads
- Slip, trip, and falls
Most brain injury incidents at work would not happen without negligence. The negligence of an employer, coworker, or product manufacturer could lead to a brain injury that otherwise would not have occurred. If you believe negligence played a role in your recent accident, you could have grounds for a lawsuit in Texas.
Damages Available for a Work-Related Brain Injury
You may be eligible to recover the costs of your accident-related medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, property damage, pain and suffering, lifetime disability costs, and more. You and your family should explore your legal options with help from an attorney. A lawyer will evaluate your brain injury accident, identify any at-fault parties, and file your injury claim within the state’s deadline. The attorneys at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. can help.
Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Case
Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations in the Dallas area for injured industrial workers. Speak to an attorney today about how to recover for your or a loved one’s brain injury. Contact us online or call (855) 655-HURT.