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Despite many necessary precautions taken at the workplace, unfortunately, it still remains one of the most common places where workers sustain injury. These injuries can be of various types and of varying degree of severity. While all of the injuries come with their share of physical and emotional trauma, there is hardly anything else that matches the severity of a spinal cord or brain injury.
These types of injuries are often a life changing experience, if not fatal. The injured might need extensive care, therapies, and life adjustments even to accommodate the apparently simple tasks of daily life. Apart from the thousands of adjustments, this might also require a house and a car specially equipped for the changed needs of the injured person.
Various situations at the workplace may cause an injury to the brain. These include, but are not limited to, falling from heights, falling from ladders, scaffolding, through a skylight, use of faulty equipment, and the likes. These kinds of injuries are very common in industries and construction sites.
However, these can take place at workplace situations beyond these few examples. There are instances when the scaffolding platforms were constructed using faulty bolts, which led to workers falling from great heights and injuring their brains.
Just like the different types of environments that might cause brain injury, the symptoms suffered might also vary. This might include anything from headaches, dizziness, and cognitive problems to even paralysis. Depression and memory loss are often the manifested psychological effects of a brain injury. Depending upon the severity of the injuries, a brain injury victim might even have to depend upon someone’s care for the entire life.
When an accident of severe degree hits, a compensation claim might be the last thing on the mind of the injured or the concerned family members. However, filing a brain injury compensation claim is important in order to ensure that the person gets all the care that he or she deserves. Experienced personal injury solicitors would be able to give you an idea about the amount of claim that is necessary in order to ease the financial burden off the shoulders of the victim and the family members.
Sometimes, people are reluctant to pursue a claim. Often, when the injuries are not very severe and when there is a chance that the worker might return to work, they feel that filing a claim might impact their professional relationship negatively.
Some are even worried about losing the job. However, the law protects a worker against any such discrimination. Moreover, the employer is also protected by his liability insurance, which in all likelihood would safeguard his personal financial loss.
Like any other claim a brain injury sustained at the workplace is time sensitive. It is better to get in touch with experienced solicitors like those at the Priority Legal as soon as you can. This will help in beginning the process quickly and will lead to securing the claim faster.
Check out The Brain Injury Social Work Group for a network of people dedicated to helping with brain injuries.
Mark Summers is a legal specialist who writes for Priority Legal. You can find Mark here on Google Plus. Please add him to your circles.