Traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, are serious injuries with potentially lifelong consequences. If an employee suffers a traumatic brain injury while on the job, he or she is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Determining the amount of the workers’ compensation settlement for a traumatic brain injury can be difficult, however, since the impact and severity of the head injury is not always known at the time of the injury.
Depending on the extent of the work-related injury, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides for the following worker’s compensation benefits:
- Medical expenses, including doctor visits, follow-up visits, physical therapy, and prescription medications.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount, if you are unable to work while recovering.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits based on a percentage of your pre-injury wage, up to a weekly maximum payment amount.
- In some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits such on-the-job training, schooling, or job placement assistance.
Work-related traumatic brain injuries can occur in any job, but common causes of work-related traumatic brain injury include:
- Falling merchandise
- Construction accidents, such as falling from a scaffold
- Trucking accidents
Traumatic brain injuries and head injuries of all kinds, including concussions, should not be overlooked or understated even if they happen on the job. Head injuries have been linked to a number of lifelong medical problems, including depression, fatigue, sleep problems, and increased stroke risk. Moreover, a person who suffers a concussion is up to four times more likely to sustain a second concussion, according to neurologists. Secondary impact syndrome (SIS) can result in massive swelling of the brain and, in some cases, may lead to a loss of blood flow to the brain, which can place the athletes at an increased risk for learning difficulties and other neuropsychological difficulties.
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago worker’s compensation lawyers focus on helping injured workers pursue any and all legal action for their injuries, including workers’ compensation claims and third-party personal injury claims, so that they can obtain a full and fair recovery. If you have suffered a work-related head injury, we can help you determine how to proceed in order to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workplace injury attorneys.