Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is typically the result of severe head trauma and can cause a lifetime of challenges and difficulties for the victim. Despite the very real condition and diagnosis, a TBI can also be difficult for workplace accident victims to recover compensation for when an insurance company doubts or disputes the validity or severity of the injury.
TBI victims can face a staggering amount of medical expenses during their rehabilitation and recovery, and many people who sustain these injuries can face immense challenges in returning to their jobs—or even being able to do any kind of work at all. It is critical for people who have suffered TBIs on the job to be able to obtain the full workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to, but victims may also be entitled to additional compensation if an accident was the result of the negligence of a third party.
Lawyer for Workplace Traumatic Brain Injuries in Miami, FL
If you or your loved one suffered a TBI on the job in South Florida, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Hoffman Firm helps the victims of workplace accidents on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay no fees unless you get a monetary award.
Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman serves numerous locations in the greater Miami area, including communities in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Miami-Dade County. Call (305) 940-2307 right now to take advantage of a free consultation that will let our lawyer provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case.
Overview of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Florida Workplaces
- How do workers typically sustain TBIs?
- What are the effects of having a TBI?
- Where can I find more information about TBIs in South Florida?
Workers may suffer TBIs on the job as the result of any one of a number of accidents. While certain industries certainly involve greater dangers than others, a person can sustain a TBI in many difference types of situations in almost any kind of workplace.
TBIs are typically the result of some kind of sudden impact to a victim’s skull. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) defines a TBI as “an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force.”
Some of the most common causes of TBIs in the workplace include, but are not limited to:
- Being struck by objects;
- Construction accidents;
- Falling objects;
- Motor vehicle accidents; or
- Slip and fall accidents.
The severity of a TBI will depend on the amount of damage that was done to a person’s brain. More serious TBIs will ultimately involve longer periods of rehabilitation and recovery.
TBI victims can experience many types of cognitive impairments that can dramatically impact their ability not only to return to work, but also possibly to care for themselves. In some cases, victims can undergo months or even years of treatment without every fully understanding the true extent of the damage.
Some of the most common effects of TBIs include, but are not limited to:
- Agitation or combativeness;
- Chronic headaches;
- Memory loss;
- Personality changes;
- Seizures; or
- Slurred speech.
Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF) — The BIAF identifies itself as “Florida’s only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to inform, educate, support and advocate on behalf of TBI survivors, their families and caregivers.” On this website, you can learn more about the organization’s partners, sponsors, and recent news. You can also download annual reports and view strategic planning initiatives.
Persons Affected by Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace; Implications for Employee Assistance Programs — The University of Richmond School of Law published this article in 2012 that discusses issues related to employees affected by TBI such as psychosocial challenges that may accompany reentry into the workplace. The article had three aims:
- to broaden our understanding of TBI and implications for persons with this condition in the workplace;
- to provide guidance to EAP professionals and employers regarding strategies to accommodate the needs of persons with TBI; and
- to increase awareness of employment discrimination allegations that may have implications for EAP practice.
The Hoffman Firm | Miami Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
Did you or your loved one sustain a TBI as the result of an accident on the job? You should immediately retain legal counsel for help obtaining the compensation you need and deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Evan A. Hoffman of The Hoffman Firm is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who represents clients in Aventura, Hallandale Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Homestead, and many surrounding areas in South Florida. You can have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (305) 940-2307 or submit an online contact form today to schedule a free consultation.
Evan A. Hoffman
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