What are the Most Common Injuries on a Construction Site?
The most common injuries on a construction site include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures.
When you look at a tall, strong building, think of all the work that went into constructing it. The building could only be the way it is because of all the people who climbed to great heights, lifted heavy materials, and operated industrial machinery in order to construct it. Construction has a higher rate of severe injuries in the workplace than almost any other industry, and it is easy to understand why. Many workplace construction accidents are preventable, especially those that result in death or severe injury. If you get injured while working construction or at any other job, you have the right to have your workers’ compensation insurance pay for the treatment of your injuries; to file a successful workers’ compensation claim, you do not have to prove that the accident resulted from your employer’s negligence, only that it happened at your workplace when you were working. An Omaha workers’ compensation lawyer can help you get adequate compensation for a workers’ compensation claim arising from a construction accident.
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most common causes of fatal accidents at construction sites. It accounts for approximately 30 fatal accidents per year, which is approximately a quarter of all construction site fatalities. The proximate cause of TBI can be falling from a height, a vehicle collision, or being struck by a heavy object.
The mildest form of TBI is known as concussion; most people make a full recovery from a single concussion, although subsequent concussions can have more severe effects. The symptoms are headache, drowsiness, and increased sensitivity to light and sound, and these symptoms can last for months. More severe cases of TBI have these symptoms as well as impaired short-term memory and mood disorders, and the effects can be long-term. Some patients with TBI are unable to return to their previous jobs after the accident.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries affect all areas of the body below the site of the injury. In their most severe form, the symptoms include paralysis and loss of sensation in the affected areas of the body. Promising treatments, such as brain implants and robotic exoskeletons, have enabled some patients with spinal cord injury to regain some of the function of their affected body parts.
Other Injuries Related to Construction Work
TBI and spinal cord injury are among the most severe injuries that can happen in the course of construction work, but other types of injuries are also possible. Burn injuries, electric shock, bone fractures, lacerations, and repetitive strain injuries are among the other work injuries that construction workers may sustain.
Contact Andres Law Offices, PC LLO, About Construction Site Accidents in Nebraska
An Omaha workers’ compensation lawyer can help you if you have suffered a preventable injury while working at a construction site. Contact Andres Law Offices, PC LLO in Omaha, Nebraska, about your case.