I suffered a concussion about 4months ago. Since then my employer has cut my hours down to nothing, doesn’t listen to or gets mad even snapping at me because of them. I have already lost my second job due to the injury I suffered, am about to lose my place to live and don’t know what my rights are. I feel like there has to be something I can do.
I am sorry to hear about your concussion. While most people with a mild brain injury do recover with time, you may have significant problems in the meantime with memory, headaches, sleeplessness, dizziness, balance, sensitivity to light, and depression/anger. You may be eligible for temporary benefits if you are not at maximum medical improvement and your employers do not have work for you. Your wage loss benefit level may be calculated with reference to the wages at both jobs, including the one you lost. There may also be an employment action if your employers are retaliating against you, but generally speaking they may reduce or eliminate your hours if you cannot safely perform the essential functions of the job. In addition, if you have permanent impairment, you may receive permanent partial disability benefits. I highly recommend that you seek a free consultation with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who knows about traumatic brain injuries to learn about your rights.
I agree with Greg. I assume you notified somebody at your company about the concussion and they sent you to a doctor. If not, you definitely need an attorney immediately. If the insurance company is not paying you bi-weekly benefits for the hours you are at your current job as well as the job you lost, you will need an attorney to push to get your benefits paid, especially if the insurance company your injury was not work related.
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