Traumatic brain injuries, as their name implies, are a type of trauma that results from a head injury. If you’re at work when this happens, you need to be sure you file a workers’ compensation claim right away so that you can get your medical bills and lost wages covered as you heal and get better. This process can be difficult and frustrating if you try to do it on your own, so it’s always a good idea to find an attorney to help you.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Before you make a claim, you should be relatively sure that your injury is actually what you think it is. That means seeking medical care right away if you bump your head or otherwise get hurt at work. An open head injury is one that results from penetration of the skull, such as with a bullet or contact with a pointed object. A closed head injury occurs when something makes an impact on the head, causing the brain to shift inside the skull. Falls and car accidents are the leading cause of this kind of head injury. Either way, if your head trauma is the result of negligence or carelessness on the part of someone else, you need to file a claim.
File the Paperwork
The first step in your workers’ compensation or accident claim is to file the appropriate paperwork. This is when having an attorney is so important. There are rules, regulations and other factors in a successful case. Letting a lawyer do the work for you enables you to get it done quickly and correctly so that you get compensation for your traumatic brain injury within good time. Failure to get the claim done properly can delay or forfeit your benefits and then will require you to go through the appeals process.
Collect all of Your Evidence
To get your claim filed the right way and expedite everything, you will need to provide evidence and documentation so that you are able to fight for the benefits you are owed. Keep all of your medical paperwork and bills together so that you have proof of the injury, how it happened, and how much it cost. You should also keep track of your lost wages on official paper from your workplace so you have an appropriate amount with regards to how much you’re losing by not being able to work.
If You Go to Court
In some workers’ compensation or accident claims, you may need to go to court to prove that you are eligible for benefits. While this isn’t convenient or enjoyable, it will go smoother and quicker if you hire a lawyer to help you. An attorney knows all the ins and outs of the process. They can advise you and assist you as you make your case in court.
Traumatic brain injuries happen and if you’re suffering from one, contact the experts at Oktanyan Der-Grigorian for help filing your claim and getting the compensation you deserve.