Fight for the Compensation You Deserve with the Help of an Experienced Miami or Fort Lauderdale Head Injury Attorney
Suffering a head injury on the job can impact all aspects of your life. From your finances to your day-to-day comfort and well-being, a head injury can lead to significant challenges that can be difficult—and in some cases impossible—to overcome. In these situations, it is important to hire an experienced Fort Lauderdale or Miami head injury attorney to help you pick up the pieces.
Of course, serious head injuries can impact the lives of victims’ family members as well. If your spouse, parent or child has suffered a head injury at work, you should talk to a lawyer in this situation as well. Your family may be entitled to significant financial compensation—and you may need to recover this compensation in order to move on.
We Help Workers and Their Families Recover After Serious Job-Related Head Injuries
Our firm is committed to helping workers and their families recover after serious job-related head injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or another head injury on the job, a Fort Lauderdale or Miami head injury attorney at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A. can explain everything you need to know. Your attorney can walk you through your next steps, explain the costly mistakes you need to avoid, and file all available claims to recover just compensation for you and your family.
Types of Workplace Head Injury Cases We Handle
We represent workers and families in workers’ compensation and other claims involving all types of head injuries. This includes injuries from workplace accidents such as:
- Slip-and-Fall and Trip-and-Fall Accidents
- Falls from Heights
- Injuries from Falling Objects
- Hand Tool and Power Tool Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Excavation and Dumping Accidents
- Industrial Machinery Accidents
- Vehicle Collisions
- Vessel Collisions and Other Maritime Accidents
These and other accidents can lead to various forms of head trauma (along with other injuries for which workers and their families may be entitled to just compensation). We handle cases involving TBI and all other types of serious head injuries, including (but not limited to):
Concussions are among the most common types of work-related head injuries. While concussions are often classified as a “mild” form of TBI, it is important not to ignore the risks these injuries present. If a person returns to work too soon after suffering a concussion, this can significantly increase the risk of long-term effects. After suffering a concussion, rest is critical, and injured workers need to make sure they have the financial resources they need to cover their medical bills and other expenses.
Coup-contrecoup injuries occur when the brain makes contact with the skull twice on opposite sides. These injuries are common in serious falls, rear-end vehicle collisions and other major accidents. Since these injuries involve two lesions on the brain, they can be significantly more dangerous than concussions in many cases.
Diffuse Axonal Injuries
Diffuse axonal injuries are another type of TBI. But, instead of involving an impact to the brain, these injuries involve tearing of the connections in the brain due to violent rotational or stopping forces. These injuries are common in falls and collisions as well, but can also result from various other types of on-the-job accidents.
Ear injuries can also result from various types of on-the-job accidents. One of the most common types of ear injuries is tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is typically caused by exposure to loud sounds, such as those caused by explosions, grinding, jackhammering and other job-related activities. While employees who are suffering from tinnitus can file for workers’ compensation in most cases, it is important to hire an experienced Miami or Fort Lauderdale head injury attorney who can help protect your legal rights.
Eye injuries can result from flying objects or debris, collisions with moving and stationary objects, and impacts to the head. All of these are risks that many workers face every day on the job. Depending on the nature and severity of an eye injury, the injury may be fully treatable, or it may present risks for blindness and other permanent complications.
Flying objects and debris on job sites can also cause severe facial lacerations. These injuries will often require stitches or sutures, and they will lead to permanent scarring in many cases. While workers’ compensation only covers injured employees’ medical bills and lost wages (up to two thirds in most cases), those who have personal injury claims can seek additional compensation for their scarring, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other non-financial losses.
Hemorrhages and Hematomas
A hemorrhage is a head injury that involves bleeding inside of the brain. A hematoma is a blood clot in the brain or between the brain and the skull. Both of these types of TBI can present risks for serious and permanent complications, and emergency medical treatment will be necessary in many cases. Employees who are eligible for workers’ compensation can collect benefits for their ER visit and long-term care, and they can collect partial wage replacement benefits as well. In personal injury cases outside of workers’ comp, injured workers can seek full compensation for all of their injury-related losses.
Common jaw injuries in workplace accidents include jaw fractures and dislocations, tooth fractures and loss of teeth. These can be excruciatingly painful injuries that require intensive treatment and a long-term recovery. A Fort Lauderdale or Miami head injury attorney at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A. can help you if you have suffered a jaw injury on the job.
Common nose injuries in workplace accidents include fractures, bleeding and bruising. All of these can present risks for long-term or permanent complications. As a result, prompt treatment is critical, and workers who suffer nose injuries on the job should work with an experienced Miami or Fort Lauderdale head injury attorney to make sure they receive just compensation for their medical bills and other losses.
Oxygen deprivation can be extremely dangerous. The brain needs oxygen to function properly, and even a short disruption in the brain’s oxygen supply can lead to brain damage and cognitive impairments. Oxygen deprivation is a risk with many job-related activities and in many work environments, from dumping aggregate or other material (resulting in burying) to enclosed spaces such as refrigerated containers and cargo holds.
Secondary Brain Injuries
With many types of brain injuries, the risks involved relate not only to the injury itself, but also to the possibility of suffering a secondary injury during the recovery process. When a worker suffers brain trauma, the brain needs time to heal. Unfortunately, employers often pressure their employees to return to work too soon, and this can expose them to the risk of suffering a secondary brain injury such as:
- Cerebral Edema
- Second Impact Syndrome (SIS)
In addition to helping you recover the financial compensation you deserve, a Fort Lauderdale or Miami head injury attorney at The Gallagher Law Group, P.A. can also help you make informed decisions about when (and if) to return to work. If your employer pressures you to return to work before you are ready, or if your workers’ comp doctor clears you for duty before your brain is fully healed, we can help protect you.
Skull fractures are serious head injuries that often present life-threatening risks. For workers who survive, their life is often never the same. The financial and non-financial costs of skull fractures can be substantial for workers and their families, and recovering just compensation can be crucial for managing these costs in the years and decades to come.
Are You (or is Your Family) Entitled to Financial Compensation for a Work-Related Head Injury?
When you contact us for a free consultation, an experienced Miami or Fort Lauderdale head injury attorney will conduct a thorough assessment of your legal rights. Your lawyer will examine all possible claims in light of the cause of your (or your loved one’s) head injury. Depending on the circumstances involved, the claims we may be able to file on your (or your family’s) behalf include:
- Workers’ compensation medical, disability and/or death benefits
- Personal injury or wrongful death
- Social Security disability (SSD)
To protect your legal rights, it is important that you take action promptly. If you have suffered a head injury on the job, you should report your injury to your employer, see an approved doctor and contact an attorney right away. If you have tragically lost a loved one, you should schedule a free consultation to find out about the options your family has available.
Schedule a Free Head Injury Consultation in Miami or Fort Lauderdale
If you need to know more about filing a claim for a work-related head injury, we encourage you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with a Miami or Fort Lauderdale head injury attorney as soon as possible, call 954-530-7314 or tell us how we can help online today.