Los Angeles Brain Injuries and Workers’ CompensationBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on October 20, 2015 | In Workers Compensation
If you’ve suffered an injury at work that keeps you from returning to work for a long period of time, you can get support for your lost wages and medical bills through workers’ compensation insurance. You should inform your employer that an accident happened, that you were hurt, and that you plan on seeking out medical attention right away. Then, you can receive financial support as you recover.
Some types of injuries have symptoms that don’t immediately need medical attention, but get worse over time. If you’ve suffered a head injury while working, you may only feel a little nauseous or dizzy. If you later develop more severe symptoms and can no longer work, it may prove challenging to receive workers’ compensation benefits because you didn’t immediately seek out medical attention.
Brain injuries often develop over days and even weeks. This can lead to issues with “legal causation.” To earn workers’ compensation benefits, you must prove the link between an event that happened during work and your injuries. If you didn’t go to the doctor on the day of the accident, it could make proving causation between the accident and your current symptoms harder to prove.
Workers’ compensation attorneys often work with experienced medical providers who specialize in treating those with brain injuries. An expert evaluation is often the best way to legally establish the link between the event and the injury. If you need to prove legal causation in court, an expert witness will likely have to confirm that you have certain symptoms, and that those symptoms were caused by the work-related traumatic event. Without this testimony, the legal causation may go unproven and your claim may be denied.
If you’re worried that your workers’ compensation claim will be denied because your brain injury symptoms got worse after the accident, contact an experienced Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer. An experienced lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected throughout the claim process.
Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office at (818) 901-9999 to discuss your next steps.