The dangerous nature of construction zones makes construction workers particularly vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries on the job. If you or a loved one was has suffered a traumatic brain injury on a construction site, you have legal options to get the compensation you deserve. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, one out of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is a brain injury caused by some sort of external trauma.
Because of the nature of the job they do and the equipment they use, construction workers face the highest risk of both fatal and non-fatal TBIs when compared to other types of occupations and workplaces. In fact, between 2003 and 2010, the latest date for which statistics are available, traumatic brain injuries were responsible for 25 percent of all construction fatalities.
Why More TBIs Stem From Construction Industry Accidents
The majority of TBIs in the construction industry were the result of falls, often from ladders, scaffolds, roofs or other elevated places. The groups with the highest fatal TBI rates were structural iron and steel workers and roofers. However, there are many other potential causes that affect construction workers too, including electrical shock, toxic exposure and other types of trauma. Construction is a dangerous occupation. Besides working in dangerous conditions and with heavy equipment, workers may find themselves in situations where appropriate safety measures are foregone in an attempt to save time or money. Unfortunately, these shortcuts can lead to serious injuries or even death.
After a Traumatic Brain Injury, an Attorney May Be Able to Help
All types of employers, including those in the construction industry, have a duty to keep their employees safe from harm. When an employer fails to take reasonable and necessary precautions, or when those measures are not effective, TBI is an all-too-common result. Traumatic brain injuries can come with long-lasting consequences. However, injured construction workers and their families are often unsure of what to do after a traumatic brain injury. When an accident on a construction site or any other workplace results in a TBI, injured workers or their loved ones should first pursue available benefits and remedies through the employer's worker's compensation insurance, if applicable. A TBI lawyer in Kentucky can help you determine your rights and guide you in the next steps of receiving justice. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Edwards & Kautz have helped many people with TBIs find justice and get the compensation they deserve. Contact Edwards & Kautz online or call us at 1-866-795-5087 to schedule a free consultation today.