Being injured on the job is not uncommon for workers in the construction industry due to the many hazards they face. One of the most catastrophic injuries they can sustain is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can prevent them from working and caring for their basic needs—if they survive the accident. Their worries about how to pay for expensive medical bills and their monthly bills can increase dramatically if they are employed by a non-subscriber employer who has opted out of providing workers’ compensation benefits.
Causes of TBI Injuries at Construction Sites
A traumatic brain injury can be caused by a violent blow or jolt to the head, which is a common risk to construction workers. The severity of the injury will depend on the force of the impact, nature of the injury, and other factors. Some common workplace accidents that lead to traumatic brain injuries include:
Falls are one of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries and deaths in construction workers. Falls are often from heights, such as roofs, scaffolding, cranes, and ladders. However, individuals can also suffer a TBI in a slip and fall accident on the ground when spilled liquids, construction materials, and debris are not cleaned up and no warning signs are posted.
Another common cause of TBI is a vehicle accident. Individuals who work in construction must often travel between sites and could suffer a TBI in a car accident caused by a negligent driver. They can also sustain this tragic injury on-site if another vehicle or forklift operator does not see them and hits them when they are driving or are working nearby.
Falling objects and materials.
An individual can be struck on the head when tools, beams, and other construction materials are dropped by workers above.
Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury
If you suffered a blow, jolt, or any other injury to your head at your construction job, it is important to seek prompt medical care. Traumatic brain injury can cause brain tissue to be bruised or torn, bleeding on the brain, and other injuries that can be life-threatening. In some cases, symptoms can take days or longer to emerge. Some signs of a traumatic brain injury to watch for include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Difficulties with concentration and memory
- Lack of coordination
If you suffered a traumatic brain injury or other injury at your construction job in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and work for a non-subscriber employer, you may still have a right to compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your options, contact us online or call our office directly at 817.380.4888 to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our experienced workplace injury attorneys.