Workplace Brain Injuries

Getting You Compensation for Brain Injuries in the Workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year in the United States, up to 1.4 million people experience brain injuries. Many of these happen at work as a result of slips and falls, impact with heavy objects, defective equipment, and motor vehicle and construction accidents.

Brain injuries cause a host of physical and emotional problems, including diminished physical function, memory loss, and mood problems.

Because brain injuries are not always visible to the naked eye, they often go undiagnosed.

Any worker who suffers an injury to the head should seek medical attention as soon as possible and report the accident to their employer.

Severe job-related brain injuries prevent many employees from returning to work temporarily or permanently. These injured workers are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover their medical expenses and lost wages while they are unable to work.

Concussion Symptoms

Concussions are the most common type of brain injury and are generally caused by a blow to the head that alters the normal function of the brain. For many individuals, concussion symptoms are delayed. Also, because concussion victims do not necessarily experience a loss of consciousness, injured workers may not even realize they have suffered a brain injury.

Common concussion symptoms include headaches, blurry vision, memory problems, mood changes, nausea or vomiting, and balance issues.

Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Workers who have suffered a more severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may display some concussion symptoms, as well as also experience:

  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Dilated pupils
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Mental confusion or combativeness
  • Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
  • Weakness or numbness in extremities

Workers should know that many brain injuries ranging from mild to severe do not always present obvious physical signs. Any worker who has been hurt in a work accident involving an impact to the head should seek immediate medical attention to rule out a brain injury and receive the appropriate treatment before returning to work.

Brain Injuries and Workers’ Compensation

Brain injuries often have a lasting impact on a victim’s quality of life. Physical and emotional impairments caused by severe brain injuries can interfere with a person’s ability to work and live independently.

Under the law, injured workers are afforded some financial protection in the form of workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are used to cover immediate and ongoing medical care including physical and cognitive therapy, as well as lost income, whether the victim is unable to work temporarily or permanently.

The first step to receiving workers’ compensation benefits is documenting brain injuries and establishing that they occurred during the course of performing work duties. Brain injuries are complex in that they do not always present obvious, physical signs of trauma.

The experienced South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP work on behalf of injured employees to prove the nature and extent of their injury, so they can receive the benefits they deserve.

To preserve crucial witness testimony and evidence related to a work accident, it is important to move forward with a workers’ compensation claim as quickly as possible.

Third-party Personal Injury Claims

In some cases, a worker’s brain injury happens as the result of a third-party’s negligence. Workers can be injured by faulty equipment or machinery, or somehow by another individual not employed by the company. Employees injured by a third-party may consider pursuing additional damages through a third-party claim.

A South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer reviews the circumstances surrounding your accident to determine who is at fault and if a third-party claim is a viable option for you.

South Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP Advocate for Brain Injury Victims

Workers who suffer a brain injury at work are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits offer some financial peace of mind, allowing the worker to focus on their recovery. A South Jersey workers’ compensation lawyer at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP will investigate every aspect of your accident and medical care to establish the extent of your injuries and help to ensure a successful workers’ compensation claim.

Because there are time limits on your claim, you should not wait to schedule your free consultation. We will also determine if a third-party claim is an option based on the cause and nature of your injuries.

Call us today at 856-761-3773 or contact us online to get started. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout the Garden State including the City of Camden and all of South Jersey.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 UPDATE:

Please be advised that in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, which imposed strict limitations on the operations of "brick-and-mortar" businesses and required telecommuting to the greatest extent possible, all N.J. workers’ compensation courts will continue to be closed to the public and to non-essential court personnel until April 13, 2020.

In response to overwhelming requests from the Workers’ Compensation Bar to hold non-emergent matters electronically or by teleconference, as of April 6, 2020, the following Workers’ Compensation Judges shall be designated by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation as essential personnel and shall report to their home vicinages for the purpose of hearing as many Workers’ Compensation matters as possible by telephonic conferencing, including all emergent matters and the following non-emergent matters, pre-trial conferences, general motions for medical and temporary benefits, and settlements by affidavit:

Hon. Audrey Kernan, S.J., Atlantic City WC Courthouse
Hon. Arthur Marchand, A.S.J., Bridgeton WC Courthouse
Hon. Ingrid French, A.S.J., Camden WC Courthouse
Hon. Lionel Simon III, A.S.J., Freehold WC Courthouse
Hon. Diana Ferriero, S.J., Hackensack WC Courthouse
Hon. Jill Fader, S.J., Jersey City WC Courthouse
Hon. Glenn Kaplan, S.J., Lebanon WC Courthouse
Hon. Michael Luther, S.J., Mt. Arlington WC Courthouse
Hon. George Geist, S.J., Mt. Holly WC Courthouse
Hon. Ashley Hutchinson, A.S.J., New Brunswick WC Courthouse
Hon. Philip Tornetta, A.S.J., Newark WC Courthouse
Hon. William Roca, S.J., Paterson WC Courthouse
Hon. Maria Del Valle Koch, S.J., Plainfield WC Courthouse
Hon. Eugene Mulvaney, S.J., Toms River WC Courthouse
Hon. David Puma, S.J., Trenton WC Courthouse

The Division’s plan is to limit physical interactions in our workers’ compensation courts to the greatest extent possible and shift to the use of telephone conferencing, and if possible video conferencing for judges, attorneys, and litigants. There will be no in-person Workers’ Compensation Court proceedings (except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing motions for medical and temporary benefits and trials in which case social distancing will be enforced). Court offices will remain closed for in-person submissions. Filings will continue to be accepted electronically through COURTS On-line.

The N.J. Division of Workers’ Compensation’s number one goal is to limit the exposure and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to court personnel, attorneys and their staff, litigants, witnesses, and members of the public at large.

Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP also continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on our local community and the world at large. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order 107, our office is closed and the members of the firm continue to work remotely. As such, the members of the firm may have limited access to information during this time. We continue to appreciate your understanding. We encourage our current clients, new clients, and fellow members of the bar to contact us via e-mail as that remains the best form of communication. All attorneys and paralegals have access to e-mail and case information. We have designated essential personnel to report to our office for the purpose of handling emergent matters only and to complete essential administrative tasks. Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks, LLP remains committed to complying with all health and governmental regulations. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those most affected by this situation.