Workers in the construction industry are put at risk of severe, life-threatening injuries each day. Some of these can be catastrophic and can take extensive treatments and therapies to recover from, if at all. For those considering a career in construction or who want a better understanding of the risks involved, here are the most common injuries to be aware of:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
One of the most common injuries in construction is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBIs can be caused by falls, being struck by an object, or electrical shocks. Construction workers are susceptible to sustaining TBIs because they often work at great heights and around heavy machinery.
The symptoms of a TBI can range from mild to severe and can include headaches, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, fatigue, difficulty concentrating or remembering things, mood swings, sleep problems, and sensitivity to light and noise. If you experience any of these symptoms after sustaining a head injury on the job site, it's important to seek medical attention immediately, as some TBIs can be life-threatening.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Another common construction accident injury is a spinal cord injury (SCI). SCIs can occur when the spine is fractured, dislocated, or compressed. This type of injury can lead to partial or complete paralysis.
Construction workers are at risk of sustaining an SCI due to the heavy lifting that's often required on the job site. Additionally, falls from heights are one of the leading causes of SCIs.
Crushing injuries are another type of construction accident injury that can occur when workers are struck by heavy machinery or objects or become caught between two objects. Crushing injuries often result in amputations, which is the removal of a limb due to severe trauma.
Amputations are one of the most serious injuries that can occur in the construction industry. They often happen when workers are struck by heavy machinery or objects, or become caught between two objects. Amputations can also be caused by electrical shocks and burns.
If you have lost a limb in a construction accident, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. You may need to be hospitalized for a period of time and will likely require rehabilitation. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be able to return to work with the help of prosthetics or other assistive devices.
The Paris Law Group, PC provides legal assistance for construction workers following a work injury. We can help you get the compensation you need to recover from a catastrophic injury. Schedule a consultation today by calling (888) 365-4940.