What Construction Workers Should Know About Head Injuries
Construction workers frequently work with ladders, scaffolding, dangerous tools, and heavy equipment and machinery. Because these items can be dangerous to work with or be around, coupled with the fact that construction sites are very active and loud environments, construction workers often find themselves in unsafe working conditions.
Not only can the tools and equipment workers use be dangerous, but construction worksites are often found to be unsafe because they typically are chaotic environments due to the many jobs everyone is doing simultaneously. Unfortunately, construction workers face many dangers on the job, which puts them at risk for suffering a workplace injury such as a head injury.
Head injuries are common, yet serious, injuries that workers suffer on the job as a result of the many different types of construction accidents:
- Falling off scaffolding or ladders
- Getting struck by an object
- Being hit by heavy equipment
- Debris from overhead falling and landing on someone’s head
The Serious Effects of Head Injuries
When a worker’s head is struck on the job—whether it is a result of a fall, flying debris, heavy equipment, or items falling from overhead—the results can be devastating. Sadly, head trauma can lead to a brain injury that can have very serious consequences. In fact, some of the serious effects construction workers have suffered as a result of a head injury include:
- Behavioral problems
- Loss of identity
- Emotional changes
- Loss of memory
- Trouble concentrating
- Speech difficulties
- Physical limitations
- Permanent disabilities
When construction workers suffer brain injuries on the job, their lives can forever be changed. They might not be able to perform their job duties anymore, function they way they used to, care for themselves, or participate in the activities they once loved. Because head trauma and brain injuries can be life-changing, injured workers and their families will feel the financial effects of this type of work injury.
Because workers’ compensation benefits in Louisiana are often not enough to cover the costs of a brain injury and provide lifetime financial support, construction accident workers who have suffered a brain injury may need to pursue a claim against the negligent person, contractor, or subcontractor responsible for the injury.
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