Whether you hit your head during a fall or a heavy object falls on your head, there are various ways in which construction workers sustain head injuries. According to research published by the National Library of Medicine, many traumatic brain injuries in construction are a result of falls. Sadly, these injuries sometimes result in brain damage, which can disrupt one’s personal and professional life. If you are struggling with brain trauma in the aftermath of a construction accident, it is critical to look into your legal options and focus on your recovery.
Every day, many construction workers are hurt, from carpenters and laborers to painters and electricians. Workers’ compensation benefits help many workers who are facing serious hardships because of a job-related accident.
The consequences of brain trauma due to a construction accident
First of all, construction workers who suffer brain trauma are often unable to keep working, either for a number of weeks or permanently, in some cases. Missing work can result in financial hardships and many people who suffer brain damage experience other hardships in their lives. For example, some have a hard time in their personal relationships, such as their marriage or interacting with their friends. Sometimes, brain damage prevents people from enjoying activities and other aspects of their life outside of the workplace. Brain injuries can also prove fatal, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that falling (such as falls from ladders and roofs) accounted for more than half of the fatal TBIs in construction between 2003 and 2010.
The options available to construction accident victims
If you sustained a serious head injury and are struggling to recover, you need to review your options. Some construction workers are eligible for workers’ compensation after a head injury, which can provide a number of benefits, such as compensation and training for a different position. Moreover, some workers decide to file a lawsuit because their injuries are the result of another’s negligence.