Work Related Brain Injuries

James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. represents people who have suffered brain injuries because of the negligence of others. The owner and founder of the firm, James F. Humphreys, is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and is general counsel to the West Virginia Brain Injury Association, Inc. (WVBIA).

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Relatively little research on work-related traumatic brain injuries has been done, and the statistics we do have probably  understate the significance of this problem. Nonetheless, the information we do have indicates that work-related TBIs are a major problem in this country. Consider the following:

– TBIs are one of the most common and costly work related injuries.

– Work related head injuries commonly arise from slip and falls, objects falling on the head, or motor vehicle accidents.

– According to one study, TBIs accounted for 22% of all work-related injury fatalities between 2003 and 2008, and 46% of work-related fatal falls during that period.

– SFM, a workers compensation carrier for the Midwest, reportedly saw a 48% increase in concussions with time lost from work between 2012 and 2014.

– The costs of acute and long term care for work-related TBIs are accentuated by the higher incidence of TBIs among younger workers.

– The costs associated with work-related TBIs are not just financial, but include cognitive, physical, psychosocial, and emotional consequences.

– Many people with work-related TBIs never return to work.   

– A study of work-related injuries in Washington State published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2013 found that “19.8% of work-related injuries reported to the WTR [Washington State Trauma Registry] and linked to a WC [workers compensation] claim involved TBI.” 59.5% of work-related injury fatalities , 88.2% of fatal falls, and 66.0% of fatal motor vehicle accidents involved TBI. “Most of the 117 fatal TBI cases were due to falls (51.3%) and motor vehicle traffic accidents (27.4%).” This study covered a 10 year period from 1998 to 2008.

If you or a loved one has been injured through the wrongful conduct of someone else, contact James F. Humphreys for a free initial consultation at 304-881-0652 (local) or 877-341-2595 (toll free). You may also contact us through our website, www.jfhumphreys.com.   

 

Sources

Sears, Graves, Blanar & Bowman, “Case Identification of Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Using the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS)”, J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2013 May: 55(5): 507-513, available on line @ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3651787/ 

Paul Stone, NRI (Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital), 11/2/16, “Workplace Concussions On the Rise,” https://traumaticbraininjury.net/2016/11/02/workplace-concussions-on-the-rise/

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