Even though you probably wear a hardhat most of the time when you’re working on a construction site, it is important to know that you could still be at risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury — or TBI — on the job.
In fact, the sad truth is that the construction industry has the highest number of people who suffer TBIs, compared to all other kinds of work in the U.S., according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
If you work in construction, you may not find that very surprising. There are a lot of dangerous situations on construction sites. As we’ve talked about before, falls lead to the most deaths on construction sites compared to all other types of accidents.
Not only are falls often deadly, but they also result in the most traumatic brain injuries in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In all, over 35 percent of TBIs were caused by a fall from 2002 to 2006.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you have suffered a TBI. You may have a mild TBI, which some people call a concussion. Whenever you suffer an injury to your head, it is a good idea to make sure the injury isn’t more serious than you might think at first.
If you have suffered a TBI in a fall or other incident on a construction site, you need to understand your options. You should see a doctor right after the accident to make sure all of your injuries are treated properly.
You may also want to consider seeking workers’ compensation benefits and filing a personal injury lawsuit.
It can take a long time to recover from a traumatic brain injury. While you’re recovering, you probably will not be able to work. During that time, you will need medical treatment to make sure you heal properly. The combination of being out of work and medical bills piling up can be overwhelming.
Workers’ compensation benefits can help cover your hospital bills and the money you would have earned on the job. A personal injury lawsuit will help you recover in other ways. For instance, you could recover for your pain and suffering.
When you’re working on a construction site, your employer has an obligation to make sure you are safe. When you get hurt on the job, you should not have to worry about the bills.
Besides wearing a hardhat, what else do you do to avoid serious head injuries on the job?