Construction sites are inherently dangerous, and construction accidents are all too common. According to the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the construction industry had more brain injuries as a result of on-site accidents than any other field between the years of 2003 and 2008. Even though construction site workers are required to wear hard hats, they are still at risk for traumatic brain injuries. Here are 3 facts aboutconstruction accident brain injuries, and what to do if you or a loved one are hurt on a construction site.
1. There Are Two Types of Brain Injuries
A brain injury of any kind will fall into one of two categories — an open head injury or a closed head injury. A closed head injury, like a concussion, is generally due to blunt force to the head, but does not break or pierce the skull in any way. An open head injury can be much more dangerous, as the skull is compromised and the brain may be openly exposed. However, either type of brain injury has the potential to cause serious damage and disability.
2. You Don’t Have to Lose Consciousness to Have a Brain Injury
Many people believe that a brain injury only occurs if someone who has been in an accident loses consciousness. The truth is, a brain injury can occur even after just a little “bump on the head,” if conditions are right. Although losing consciousness is a sign that the injury may be severe, serious consequences can still be a factor even in brain injuries that don’t result in the loss of consciousness.
3. Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Result In Significant Symptoms
Because the brain is such a delicate organ and is responsible for the entire function of the human body, any trauma to the brain — no matter how small — can result in noticeable problems. Symptoms and complications of a traumatic brain injury can include but are not limited to:
- Swelling of the brain
- Stroke or increased risk of stroke
- Leaking of cerebrospinal fluid
- Blood clots
- Muscle problems
- Changes in personality
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Changes in behavior
- Cognitive difficulty
- Vision loss
- Chronic pain
- Decreased hand & eye coordination
- Memory loss
What to Do If You or a Loved One Were Injured
If you or someone you love were injured at a construction site, you are likely facing significant life changes. In addition to medical expenses and lost wages due to time off work, you may also be dealing with temporary or permanent disability depending on how severe the traumatic brain injury is. If you were injured at work, you deserve compensation for the losses and suffering that you’ve incurred as a result of the accident.
Contact a skilled Boise, Idaho construction site brain injury lawyer today to learn more about the options you have available to you to bring forward a claim for financial restitution. At the Rossman Law Group, we understand the challenges you’re facing, and are ready now to help you and your family. Call us today at (208) 331-2030.