While every workplace injury has consequences and may require medical treatment and time off from work, but there are certain types of injuries that are life changing and even fatal.
Our law office comes across several cases of catastrophic workplace injuries, and in this post we will discuss the most common among these:
A severe head trauma can leave a part of the brain bruised or damage. These injuries often have long lasting and unpredictable effects. No two brain injuries have the same effects and symptoms, and even if two people injure the same brain part they will experience different symptoms. Some common symptoms of work related brain injuries are:
- Difficultly understanding language and talking
- Impaired cognitive function, reasoning and memory
- Inability to use arms or legs
- Poor concentration and attention
Brain injuries often lead to long term inability and the injured worker may no longer be able to care for themselves leave alone performing their work-related tasks. Workers who suffer brain injuries become more susceptible to illnesses such as dementia, stroke, or Alzheimer’s later in life.
If traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic, spine injuries are no less. Even though spine injuries may have no effect on the cognitive function of the patient, it can render the person completely disabled and the person may never be able to use one or more limbs again. A spinal injury impairs the ability of nerves to carry signals from the brain to body and back. Spinal injuries can also affect the functioning of other vital organs and systems such as urinary tract, gastrointestinal systems and lungs. According to Center for Disease Control and prevention, life time care cost of a spinal injury patient can go up to $3 million.
Not all burns are serious or life threatening, but burns that are spread over a large area and are quite deep can cause long term complications and even death. Fourth degree burns that involve damage to skin, underlying tissues, tendon, muscle fat and bones are considered catastrophic. Even if the worker survives these burns, he/she will be left with scars and disfigurement for the life time.
Loss of senses
Serious workplace accidents can impair the workers ability to see or hear. Such loss of senses can be life changing and will not only effect the ability to work, but will also have a significant effect on the lifestyle of the worker. An injury to the eye or ear can cause loss of senses, or even a brain injury can lead to this if the area controlling the particular sense is damaged.
Loss of a limb is undoubtedly the most serious and life altering injuries that a worker can suffer. The person is rendered completely disabled and may have to spend the rest of life on crutches or wheel chair.
Injured workers are entitled to workers compensation benefits, but in the case of a catastrophic injury there is an even bigger responsibility to ensure that the worker gets benefits for their life time and get their financial needs are taken care of. Billion dollar ensure companies often to everything they can to minimize or deny these claims. It is important to gain even footing by consulting with an experienced Missouri workers compensation attorney regarding your claim.