Workers’ Comp and Hip Injuries
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private sector employers in 2018. To protect workers from covering the cost of work injuries themselves, the law requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
A work injury attorney can fight on behalf of accident victims to help them get the full compensation they are due from workers’ comp insurers. Hip injuries are one type of work injury that is fairly common. Victims of hip injuries related to workers’ comp can work with the attorneys at our law firm, Golitko & Daly, as they seek financial compensation for work injury damages. We serve clients in Indianapolis, IN, Kokomo, IN, and other areas of Indiana.
Types of Hip Injuries at Work
The hip joint is one of the most frequently used parts of the body. The hip supports the weight of the body and controls upper leg movement so that people can walk and run comfortably. Unfortunately, if the hip is injured, not only is pain likely to be an issue, but mobility will probably be limited as well.
Workplace hip injuries can be the result of a sudden accident, such as a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or overexertion. They can also develop over time, due to the stress of repetitive movements.
The most common types of workplace hip injuries include:
- Hip strain
- Hip fracture
- Hip dislocation
- Post-traumatic arthritis
Treating Hip Injuries
The exact treatment plan for a hip injury will vary from one person to another. The treatment that is required will depend largely on the type of injury that is sustained and the extent of injury damages.
Typical treatment methods for hip injuries include:
- Pain medication
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Hip surgery
- Hip replacement
No matter what type of hip injury is present, they often extensive treatment, and they tend to take some time to heal. It can be weeks or months before mobility and comfort are restored and the injured party is ready to return to normal work duties.
Compensation for Damages
Workers’ compensation insurance is in place to cover losses stemming from workplace injuries. Unfortunately, many insurance companies look out for their own best interests, over the interests of injured employees. As a result, workers’ comp companies often offer a quick settlement that doesn’t consider the full extent of injury damages.
For a better chance of getting the full damages they are due, work injury victims should consider working with a knowledgeable work injury lawyer. When working with victims of work-related hip injuries, our attorneys strive to collect compensation that will adequately cover all sources of injury losses. We may seek compensation for damages related to medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured on the job, the attorneys at Golitko & Daly can be invaluable in getting you the financial compensation you deserve. To discuss the details of your case with one of our work injury lawyers, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call (866) 650-8092. We serve clients in Indianapolis, Kokomo, and other areas of Indiana.
Elbow Repetitive Stress Injury and Worker’s Compensation
The state of Indiana requires all employers to carry worker’s compensation insurance. This insurance is intended to cover expenses stemming from injuries incurred while performing work duties, even if those injuries are partially the employee’s fault.
In many cases, work injuries are the result of a sudden accident, but sometimes they stem from repetitive movements or the overuse of certain muscles or tendons, such as those surrounding the elbow joint.
Victims of elbow repetitive stress injuries have the same right to financial compensation as those that suffer sudden work injuries. At Golitko & Daly, our work injury attorneys work hard to collect just compensation for victims of repetitive stress work injuries. We serve clients in Indianapolis, IN, Kokomo, IN, and other areas of Indiana.
What Causes Elbow Repetitive Stress Injury?
Repetitive stress injuries are caused by motions or movements that continually place stress on the same muscles, tendons, or joints over a prolonged period of time. Often, the motions that cause repetitive stress injuries are related to work duties. An elbow repetitive stress injury specifically impacts the muscles and tendons surrounding the elbow joint.
Elbow repetitive stress injury is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow,” but there are many other activities and job duties that can lead to this condition. Delivery workers, janitors, electricians, and jobs that involve constant computer use could result in elbow repetitive stress injury.
Symptoms of Elbow Repetitive Stress Injury
Since repetitive stress injuries do not have a sudden and obvious cause, it is important that workers be familiar with the potential symptoms of a repetitive stress injury. A repetitive stress injury involving the elbow may cause symptoms such as:
- Pain (ranging from tenderness to sharp, throbbing pain)
- Tingling or numbness in the outer or inner arm
- Loss of strength in the affected muscles
- Limited range of motions in the elbow joint
Reporting Suspected Repetitive Stress Injury
Without a sudden accident, it can be more difficult to show that a repetitive stress injury is a result of work duties. The earlier that the injury is reported, the better chance that a worker’s compensation claim involving elbow repetitive stress injury will be accepted.
Workers that are experiencing the symptoms of elbow repetitive stress injury and believe it to be job-related should speak to their employer immediately and file a worker’s compensation claim.
We also recommend contacting our attorneys, who can demonstrate that a repetitive stress injury is work-related. Finally, schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. Individuals who ignore repetitive stress injuries in an attempt to “tough it out” are more likely to suffer irreversible damage.
Compensation for Damages
As with any other work-related injury, worker’s compensation insurance should cover costs related to elbow repetitive stress injury. Compensation should cover medical expenses, lost wages, and the cost of any necessary ongoing care or rehabilitation. If workers are denied these benefits, our attorneys can file a claim to seek maximum compensation allowable under the law. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, so clients will not be responsible for paying any fees until they have received the compensation they are due.
If you are suffering from an elbow repetitive stress injury, and you believe it is work-related, the attorneys at Golitko & Daly can be of assistance as you pursue compensation. To discuss the details of your situation and learn more about your legal rights in regards to worker’s compensation, send us a message online at your earliest convenience or call (866) 650-8092. We serve clients in Indianapolis, IN, Kokomo, IN, and other areas of Indiana.
5 Most Common Workplace Accidents
According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. Injured workers in the Indianapolis and Kokomo, IN area should reach out to a work injury attorney at Golitko & Daly. Our law firm is here to offer legal guidance and advice.
As common as workplace injuries are, certain kinds of accidents are more common than others. With that in mind, let’s take a look the five most common workplace accidents and why they happen.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls can result in numerous kinds of injuries to workers. Our Indiana work injury lawyers note that the severity of the injury is linked to the height fallen from or the structure from which someone slips and trips. These accidents may be the result of poor footing, slippery surfaces, or cords and exposed wires that present a tripping hazard.
Accidents Involving Machinery
Whether you’re working with power tools or more specialized equipment at your job, machinery injuries can be severe. This is especially true of people who work in construction or in industrial professions. These accidents may be due to poor maintenance, overworking employees, or inattention while operating machinery.
Vehicle and Transportation Accidents
The use of vehicles is common in many kinds of jobs. This means passenger vehicles and pickup trucks, tractor-trailers, and even earthmoving equipment (e.g., bulldozers, excavators, etc.). Many of the cases our Indiana lawyers assist with involve vehicle accidents and equipment.
Fires and Explosions
Not all professions involve working with fire or combustible materials. Those that do have major hazards to account for. If you’re working in a field where fires and explosions are likely, it’s crucial to wear helmets, eye protection, and other essential safety gear. Burns and more severe kinds of injuries are possible whenever these sorts of accidents happen.
Falling objects are a hazard in many professions, particularly in construction. Tools or equipment too close to the edge of a scaffold or structure could drop onto people below. Wearing a safety helmet is imperative in these kinds of jobs. Yet there’s a great danger worth noting when it comes to pedestrians and bystanders around worksites. Objects dropping on non-workers can result in severe head trauma and brain injuries.
A Word on the Fatal Four in Construction
The above are some of the most common accidents at workplaces in general. We also want to highlight the accidents that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) classifies as the “Fatal Four.” These are the four types of accidents that lead to more than half of all fatalities in the construction industry each year.
The Fatal Four are as follows:
- Struck by Objects
- Caught-In or Between Objects/Vehicles/Machinery
You’ll note a fair amount of crossover between the Fatal Four and the five common work accidents we’ve listed above.
Learn More About Workplace Injuries and Accidents
If you would like more information about workplace injuries and your legal options when they occur, be sure to contact our skilled team of work injury and accident attorneys. You can reach the lawyers of Golitko & Daly by phone in Indianapolis by calling (317) 942-3118, in Kokomo by calling (765) 626-3383, and in Bloomington by calling (812) 497-4048.
Personal Injury Settlements vs. Verdicts
When a person is injured by the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party, they’re likely due compensation for resulting damages. Victims can seek compensation through a lawsuit. When filing a lawsuit, it is best to work with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who will consider all aspects of loss when fighting for compensation.
Once a person files a lawsuit, it may not always make its way through court. Some lawsuits end in a settlement, while others reach a verdict. The personal injury lawyers at Golitko & Daly discuss personal injury settlements vs. verdicts with our Indianapolis, IN, and Kokomo, IN, clients, and help them consider which may be in their best interest.
Personal Injury Settlement
A personal injury settlement is an agreement that is reached prior to completing legal proceedings. When injured parties file a lawsuit, the defendant (or the accused party) is notified. In most cases, they then hire their own attorney to work on their behalf. Attorneys prepare the case for court, but they often try to reach a settlement before trial.
A personal injury settlement may be offered by either the plaintiff or defendant. Once a settlement is offered, the opposing side is able to review it. They have the right to accept the settlement, deny the settlement, or make a counter offer. If a settlement is reached, the case is considered closed and the plaintiff will not have the right to pursue further legal action. In many cases, a settlement is reached before a personal injury lawsuit actually makes its way through court.
Personal Injury Verdict
A personal injury verdict is a ruling that is determined by the judge or jury of a court proceeding. When a personal injury lawsuit goes to trial, each party is able to present their side of the argument. After hearing both sides, the judge or jury will determine whether the defendant is guilty. If the defendant is found guilty, the court will then reward the amount of financial compensation that they believe is appropriate for the case.
Personal injury lawsuits are similar to criminal proceedings. However, there are two big differences. First, the jury in a personal injury lawsuit does not have to reach a unanimous decision. Instead, the verdict is determined by majority. Second, the burden of proof in a personal injury lawsuit is not as strict as in criminal court. The plaintiff’s side simply must show that it is more likely than not that the defendant’s actions caused injury to the plaintiff.
Which Is Best?
Although the burden of proof in a personal injury lawsuit is not as strict, it is often in a person’s best interest to reach a settlement prior to trial. Personal injury settlements save our clients the time and expense of a lengthy court proceeding. Despite these benefits, the best option for our clients varies in each case. Our attorneys are always ready to go to court if we are not able to reach a settlement that justly compensates clients for injury losses.
Individuals in the Indiana area who have been injured as the result of reckless or negligent actions can work with the lawyers at Golitko & Daly to seek financial compensation for their losses. If you would like to discuss the details of your case with a member of our legal team, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call (866) 650-8092.
Knee Meniscus Tears and Work Injuries
People who work in construction, manufacturing, and industrial professions run a high risk of serious injury at some point in their career. That’s why the lawyers of Golitko & Daly take on-the-job accidents so seriously. Serving people in Indianapolis and Kokomo, IN as well as the entire state of Indiana, we strive to be the most reputable work injury attorneys around.
In many physically demanding professions, there’s a high risk of knee injury. With that in mind, let’s consider meniscus injuries and the potentially lasting effects on people who suffer from them.
About the Meniscus
The meniscus refers to two cartilage discs of the knee. The medial meniscus is on the inner side of the knee, while the lateral meniscus is located on the outer side of the knee. The meniscus functions as a shock absorber between the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia).
Meniscus injuries are some of the most common kinds of knee injuries that people experience. You may be familiar with the term “torn meniscus,” which you’ve probably heard or read before. Meniscus tears are common among many athletes.
Signs of a Meniscus Injury
Some of the most common signs of a meniscus tear and other meniscus injuries include:
- Popping sensation of the knee
- Severe pain while bending or rotating the knee
- Swelling around the knee
- Stiffness of the knee
- Difficulty bearing weight on a knee
- Difficulty straightening out your leg
- Locking of the knee joint
Causes of Meniscus Injuries
Among workers, meniscus injuries are the result of sudden rotations or twists of the knee area. Common causes of meniscus injuries could include:
- Falls and awkward landings
- Sudden pivots of the knee
- Lifting heavy objects
- Deep squatting motions
- Poor footing while carrying a load
- Direct physical trauma to the knee
Meniscus Repair and Recovery
When treating meniscus injuries, doctors may first recommend conservative procedures that allow the knee to rest and heal itself. This could include icing the knee, reduced physical activity, and taking pain medication to manage discomfort. This will require time off from work to make a full recovery, which can eat away at savings or drive a household into debt.
For more serious meniscus injuries, surgery may be required in order to repair the cartilage. This will take much longer time for recovery, and may be followed up by physical rehabilitation to restore strength and use to the damaged knee. This leads to even higher medical bills over a longer period of time.
Long-Term Effects of a Meniscus Injury
Even after you’ve healed from a meniscus injury, the joint itself may not be fully recovered. You may notice limitations on knee movement and range of motion, which can impact both your daily life and even your professional life. Long-term negative effects on the knee could necessitate joint replacement much later in life.
Holding Negligent Workplaces Accountable
If you suffered a meniscus injury due to an unsafe working environment or negligence by supervisors/co-workers, you may want to consider legal action. Our attorneys can discuss what happened during your accident as well as the aftermath of your injuries. We can let you know if you have a case worth pursuing, and will stand with you every step of the way to hold the negligent person or parties accountable for the harm they caused you.
Learn More About Work Injuries Affecting the Knees
If you would like more information about knee injuries and their affect on your mobility and quality of life, be sure to contact our skilled team of work injury attorneys. Golitko & Daly has three locations in Indiana. You can reach us in Indianapolis by calling (317) 566-9600, in Kokomo by calling (765) 865-9300, and in Bloomington by calling (812) 566-2600.
What Are the Common Types of Personal Injury Damages?
When someone is injured in an accident caused by the negligence or actions of another person, whether on the job or elsewhere, a personal injury lawyer can help recover compensation for victims.
There are many different types of damages that may be available to those who have been injured as a result of another party’s fault. At Golitko & Daly, our attorneys help recover personal injury damages for clients in Indianapolis, IN, Kokomo, and other areas of Indiana.
If you believe you have a personal injury case and would like to learn more about what damages may be available to you, please contact Golitko & Daly to schedule a consultation.
What Are Personal Injury Damages?
In a personal injury case, damages are the compensation provided to someone who has been injured by the actions of another person or entity.
Damages can be paid for something tangible, like medical bills or lost wages. These types of damages are called economic damages. Damages can also be paid for something that has no actual price, such as emotional distress. These types of damages are called non-economic damages.
Types of Personal Injury Damages
Whether economic or non-economic, there are several common types of damages people may seek in personal injury cases. The following damages are some of the most frequently pursued types for personal injury victims.
Many people seeking personal injury damages have had to miss work due to their injuries or are unable to continue to work as a result of permanent injuries. In either case, injured parties may be able to recover lost wages and future lost wages through personal injury damages.
Injured parties may seek lost wages even if they received pay for sick time or used vacation pay during their recovery.
Depending on the extent of a person’s injuries, the costs associated with medical care can be high. Through a personal injury case, injured parties may recover money they’ve paid in the course of treating the injuries caused by the liable party.
If injuries are severe and require ongoing treatment, for example rehabilitation for a traumatic brain injury, then damages may be paid for future medical costs.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is a non-economic damage that has no set value but may still be sought in a personal injury case. Pain and suffering damages seek to compensate an injured party for emotional injuries, like fear, grief, and non-physical pain.
Because there is no set value to pain and suffering, compensation is sometimes calculated by multiplying actual financial losses by whatever number seems appropriate to the situation.
Punitive damages are not always awarded in personal injury cases but when they are, they are given as a means to punish the liable party for the negligence or wrongful behavior that led to the injury.
Not all states allow for punitive damages and states that do, like Indiana, may have a maximum cap on how much may be awarded in punitive damages.
Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys of Golitko & Daly
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about your options and discuss the details of your case, please call (317) 566-9600 to schedule a private consultation with the personal injury attorneys of Golitko & Daly.
ACL Injuries at Work
Joint injuries can have serious short-term and long-term effects on your life. Changes in mobility, range of motion, and overall limb strength could mean certain jobs are no longer safe for you to perform. When these kinds of injuries impact your well-being and your ability to earn a proper wage, you need to speak with an Indianapolis, IN work injury attorney.
The team at Golitko & Daly would like to consider injuries to the knee, specifically the ACL. This ligament is essential for proper use of the leg, and we want to discuss why people in construction and other physically demanding jobs must be mindful of such injuries.
What Is the ACL?
The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the major ligaments located in the knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). It is essential for stabilizing the knee joint.
Signs and Symptoms of ACL Injuries
The most common signs and symptoms of ACL injuries include:
- A popping sensation in the knee
- A popping sound from the knee
- Severe pain in the knee
- Rapid swelling of the affected knee
- Inability to move or bend the knee
- Inability to support weight on the affected leg
If you experience any of these issues, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention. Even if it is not an ACL injury, the knee is a complicated joint, and damage to others structures around the knee can be just as serious and debilitating.
The Most Common Causes of ACL Injuries at Work
While commonly associated with sports injuries, the ACL can be torn and damaged in all kinds of physical activities, which includes motions made in physically demanding jobs. ACL injuries are typically the result of the following:
- Sudden shifts/changes in direction
- Sudden stopping
- Pivoting of the knee while the foot is firmly planted on the ground
- Awkward landings on the knee
- Various kinds of physical trauma to the knee joint
After undergoing medical treatment for you ACL injury, it’s important to reach out to our Indianapolis law firm for more information about legal options.
Treatment and Recovery from an ACL Injury
It can take several weeks for proper rehabilitation of a minor ACL injury. In these cases, resting the knee, keeping the knee elevated, and physical therapy are essential. Surgery such a ligament reconstruction may be required for major ACL injuries, which can extend the recovery time given the nature of the procedure.
During this time, you may be unable to work or earn a living since you are off your feet. When returning to normal activities, you may notice changes in the strength and stability of the affected knee as well. This can have a long-term impact on your ability to perform you job as well as what kinds of tasks you are able to do safely.
Holding Negligent Employers Accountable
If unsafe working conditions or issues with negligent co-workers or third-parties resulted in your ACL injury, you may have cause to pursue a work injury lawsuit.
Our lawyers can go over all of the evidence in your case and determine if such a lawsuit is in your best interests. We can help negotiate a settlement with the negligent party, and will not be afraid to take your case to court in order to hold them accountable.
Contact Our Work Injury Attorneys
For more information about ACL injuries and your legal options following an on-the-job injury, be sure to contact our team of work injury lawyers. You can reach our law office in Indianapolis by calling (317) 942-3596.
Filing a Claim for a Knee Injury at Work
Employers are required to do their part to create a safe environment for their workers. Despite these efforts, workplace accidents and injuries are very common. Because of this, all employers in the state of Indiana are also required to carry workers compensation insurance. Workers compensation provides employees with financial compensation for workplace injury damages.
Knee injuries are one of the many types of injuries that can occur while a person is on the job. Victims of a knee injury at work may be due significant financial compensation. The Indianapolis, IN, work injury attorneys at Golitko & Daly help employees in filing a work injury claim, and fight to collect maximum compensation for all injury damages.
Causes of Knee Injuries at Work
Knee injuries are one of the most common types of workplace injuries. A knee injury can be the cause of a singular accident, but it is also just as likely to be the result of repetitive movements or motions that are required of certain jobs.
Common causes of knee injuries at work include:
- A slip or fall
- Impact with a hard object (such as a piece of machinery or equipment)
- Repeated bending, twisting, or side-to-side motions
- A twist or sprain from unnatural movements or sudden stopping
Any worker can develop a knee injury, but these injuries are especially common among employees with physically active jobs, or those who spend a good deal of time on their feet, such as construction workers, delivery drivers, nurses, waiters, stock clerks, and athletes.
Knee Injury Damages
The knee is a weight-bearing joint, so a knee injury can have a significant impact on a person’s comfort levels, ability to remain physically active, and ability to perform work functions. Knee injuries often require extensive medical treatment, including physical therapy. It can take some time for a person to recover from a knee injury and be ready to return to work. Potential damages from a knee injury include medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What to Do after a Knee Injury
It is important that workplace injuries be reported as soon as possible. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, most policies require that a claim be filed within 30 days. However, the sooner that a report is filed, the better. We recommend that our Indianapolis clients make a formal report of any workplace injury as soon as it happens.
Once the employer has been notified, it is a good idea for work injury victims to contact an experienced work injury lawyer. The work injury lawyers at Golitko & Daly can assist clients in filing their workers’ compensation claim. We will go over the details of the claim and work to collect all eligible compensation for our clients.
Our work injury lawyers will also look at the details of each case to determine if additional benefits are due. For instance, if reckless or negligent behavior results in a workplace injury, a third party may be held liable for damages that extend beyond those provided by workers’ compensation insurance. In these cases, we can assist our clients in filing a personal injury claim to seek additional financial compensation for damages such as pain and suffering.
Get in Touch
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, the work injury lawyers at Golitko & Daly can help you understand your right to financial compensation. To discuss the details of your injury and learn more about your legal options, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call our Indianapolis office at (317) 566-9600.
Rotator Cuff Injury at Work
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 2 million Americans visit their doctor each year after suffering some form of rotator cuff injury. Many times these kinds of injuries can be successfully treated, allowing patients to return to work and daily activities. Yet some rotator cuff injuries are severe and greatly limit the use of a person’s shoulder. In either case, discussing your accident with a work injury attorney can prove helpful.
The Indianapolis, IN lawyers at Golitko & Daly would like to consider the lasting effects of a rotator cuff injury and what your legal options are in these kinds of cases.
About the Rotator Cuff
The rotator cuff refers to a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. These structures help keep the shoulder in the shallow socket of the joint.
What Happens During a Rotator Cuff Injury
When the rotator cuff is injured, this typically means that at least one of the four tendons is torn in some way. This results in shoulder pain as well as a weakening of the shoulder overall.
In particular, rotator cuff injuries result in problems raising your affected arm over your head. Simple tasks like reaching for an object on a shelf or combing your hair can be extremely painful and difficult.
Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries at Work
Many rotator cuff injuries occur as the result of repetitive stress on the shoulder joint. Doing the same motion over and over again can lead to strain on shoulder and the eventual tear of one of the tendons that comprise the rotator cuff.
Our Indianapolis law firm notes that rotator cuff injuries are common among painters, carpenters, and people working in construction. Given the reaching and types of overhead motions required to perform these kinds of jobs on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise. Athletes can also suffer rotator cuff injuries while throwing, shooting, or reaching. As workers and athletes get older, the risk of injury increases, particularly among those age 40 and up.
The Lasting Effects of a Rotator Cuff Injury
The majority of people who suffer a rotator cuff injury are able to return to work and most normal activities through non-surgical treatment. The remaining patients will require some sort of surgical tendon repair or replacement.
People who’ve suffered a rotator cuff injury may need to go easy on their shoulder in order to prevent re-injury. This can affect job performance. In serious injuries, a change in work duties may be required due to physical limitations stemming from the torn rotator cuff.
Workers’ Compensation Claims for Rotator Cuff Injuries
For those who’ve suffered a rotator cuff injury, workers’ compensation claims can help with medical care and lost wages during recuperation. Our law firm can offer advice on filing workers’ comp claims and well as what to do in the appeals process if your claim was denied.
When to Seek Legal Action Following a Rotator Cuff Injury
If your rotator cuff injury was the result of unsafe working conditions or negligence by supervisors or third-parties, it’s worth discussing your injury with a lawyer. We can discuss the potential for filing a lawsuit and whether or not your case is worth pursuing. We will help seek damages to address the various losses associated with your shoulder injury.
Contact Golitko & Daly
To learn more about you legal options following injuries to the shoulder, be sure to contact our skilled injury accident attorneys. You can reach our law firm location in Indianapolis by phone at (317) 942-3596.
Head Injury at Work: Know Your Rights
Workplace injuries can have devastating and long-lasting consequences. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the employee may be out of work temporarily or unable to return to their work duties altogether. Workplace injuries tend to be particularly severe for those who suffer a head injury. A head injury may compromise cognitive, physical, or emotional functions.
Employees who have suffered a head injury at work in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area should work with the lawyers at Golitko & Daly to explore their right to financial compensation. Our work injury attorneys understand worker’s compensation laws, and are prepared to fight to get our clients maximum compensation for injury damages.
Common Causes of Head Injuries at Work
A head injury can develop when something strikes the head, or when something causes the head to move suddenly in a back and forth motion. There are many types of workplace accidents that can result in a head injury, but some of the most common are:
- A slip or fall
- A falling object striking the head
- Falling from a significant height
- Vehicular accident
These types of accidents can take place in any line of work, but construction workers, police officers, firefighters, electricians, delivery workers, and professional athletes are especially prone to suffering a head injury at work.
Consequences of Head Injuries
The consequences of a head injury vary based on how much structure is damaged in the accident. Some of our Indianapolis clients develop external damage only. External damage in a head injury may include bruises, bumps, cuts, or a fractured skull. While these injuries should be taken seriously, they are unlikely to result in long-term damage. The consequences of these injuries tend to include pain, inflammation, bleeding, and fatigue.
Many head injuries result in internal damage, which affects the tissues of the brain. If bleeding, bruising, or swelling develops in the brain, injury consequences can be more severe. Potential short- or long-term consequences of a head injury that involves internal damage include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty understanding
- Difficulty speaking
- Numbness or tingling in the limbs
- Changes in personality
Compensation for Damages
When a head injury takes place at work, it should be reported immediately so that a workers’ compensation claim can be filed. Workers compensation may cover injury damages such as:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
- Lost wages
What if the Accident Was My Fault?
In the state of Indiana, all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance covers employees who have been injured on the job, even if the accident was partially their fault. Employees who want to protect their right to workers’ compensation and fight for maximum compensation should work with our Indianapolis lawyers. Our team has a thorough knowledge of workers’ compensation laws, and we can assist our clients in getting the most for their damages.
If you have been injured on the job, the work injury lawyers at Golitko & Daly can help you fight for the compensation you are due. To learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim, send us a message at your earliest convenience, or call (317) 566-9600 to discuss the details of your case.