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Workers' Comp · Personal Injury

Brain Injuries

We stand up for the rights of workers hurt on the job

Suffering a head injury at the workplace can very serious, because it can include damage to the brain. An employee with a head injury may not be able to return to work, and his or her life can change significantly. The experienced Illinois workers' compensation attorneys at Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP fight to make sure injured workers get all the benefits they deserve.

A head and brain injury can happen at any workplace, but workers at some jobs are at higher risk, such as construction workers. A head injury can occur from a fall, being struck by or against an object, a motor vehicle collision or an act of workplace violence.

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Understanding the effects of on-the-job brain injuries

There are generally two types of head injuries. In an open head injury, an object penetrates the skull. In a closed head injury, there is a blow to the head, but the skull itself is not significantly damaged. Either type of head injury can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), which then can lead to a loss of brain function.

A TBI can cause short- and long-term changes in a worker's:

  • Thinking ability - memory and reasoning skills can be affected
  • Senses - for example, an injured worker may have difficulties with vision and balance
  • Communication - the worker may have trouble understanding and expressing thoughts
  • Emotions - the worker may experience depression and personality changes.

Depending on the severity of the on-the-job injury, a worker may be left temporarily or permanently disabled. Under Illinois' workers' compensation system, injured workers are eligible for 100% coverage of all necessary treatment. They can also collect two-thirds of their average weekly wage while they are unable to work.

An attorney can help you get your benefits for a long-term injury

But getting benefits is not a simple process. It must be proven that the injury was work-related, and that the injury has left the worker unable to perform his or her job responsibilities. An employer and the insurance company can also dispute the claim, or question the extent of the injury.

That's why it's important to have an experienced workers' compensation lawyer on your side. We build a strong case that proves you were injured at work and will fight to get you all of the benefits you deserve. And if your initial claim for benefits is denied, we will fight for you during the appeals process and if necessary, in court.

If you have suffered a brain injury in a work accident, call our firm at (866) 604-9075 or contact us online. Learn more about how we can help you with your claim.

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