Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Change Workers’ Lives
Few workers expect to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the job. Yet, workers in all different industries can experience one suddenly. All it takes is a collision, a fall or a hit to the head during a normal day on the job to turn into a life-changing event.
At The Law Office of Bryan S. Hawkins, our workers’ compensation lawyer advocates for workers whose future is uncertain because of a TBI. Our offices are conveniently located in Augusta and Greensboro so we can better serve clients throughout the state of Georgia. Contact us at 706-305-1130 or by email to schedule a free consultation.
Identifying A Traumatic Brain Injury
While some people who suffer a TBI experience symptoms right away, delayed symptoms are common. Workers, and their loved ones, should look out for these in the days and weeks after a workplace accident. Some common signs of a TBI include:
- Concentration issues
- Light sensitivity
- Memory issues
- Personality changes
- Sleep issues
- Slurred speech
Dealing With The Insurance Company
Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for a TBI can feel like an uphill battle. Oftentimes, the insurance company’s adjuster may ignore referrals to specialists or the insurance company’s nurse case manager may not have enough experience with TBI’s to get injured workers to the right doctors. Unfortunately, it is common for workers to have their claim denied the first time they apply for benefits. Insurance companies may give all sorts of reasons for rejecting a claim, among them being:
- The claimant filed the claim outside the statute of limitations.
- The claimant failed to document their injury properly.
- The claimant failed to notify their employer of their injury.
- The claimant failed to provide medical proof of their injury.
- The claimant’s injury was related to a preexisting condition.
The Law Office of Bryan S. Hawkins is exclusively dedicated to workers’ compensation cases. Attorney Bryan S. Hawkins has a special understanding of the intricacies of workers’ compensation law, having begun his career in insurance defense. He knows how to fight against the tactics that insurers use to deny or devalue a claim and uses his knowledge to help clients secure the benefits they need to get by.