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Consult a workers' compensation attorney to prove a concussion

It may be that more people are suffering concussions these days, judging from the increased news coverage that these injuries are now receiving, particularly in sports injuries. However, concussions -- i.e., traumatic brain injuries -- are probably being noticed more today than in the past, simply due to our increased communications technology and a growing body of more precise scientific evidence. There has been an increase, for example, of concussions reported at work, thus making them a growing topic in the legal practice of workers' compensation law both here in New Hampshire and nationwide.

One large workers' compensation insurer recently reported a dramatic increase of reported work-related concussions that resulted in time lost from work. When an individual is injured while at work, the medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and at least partial wages attributed to work-related injuries are covered by workers' compensation insurance. The processing of such injuries through workers' compensation should be handle automatically at one's place of work.

However, in any situation where the employer does not automatically process a reported injury through compensation insurance, the worker may have to file a claim petition to compel the employer and its insurer to provide compensation. With the assistance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney, it may be possible to repair a claim sullied by late reporting. The attorney will work closely with the neurologist, neurosurgeon and neuropsychologist to develop testimony and medical reports that will be strong proof of the occurrence of the injury even though it was not immediately discovered.

This is not something, however, to try on one's own. When a claim for brain injury damages is denied by the workers' compensation insurance carrier, the worker will best recover from that setback by immediate consultation with an attorney. In New Hampshire, it is best to seek out a practitioner who is familiar with the state's laws and procedures applicable to this area of practice.

Source: kansascity.com, "Concussions not just a sports problem: Reports of workplace injuries on the rise", Diane Stafford, Nov. 1, 2016

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