Construction happens all around us. It is something we see often, whether we are driving on the highway or walking down the street. But, construction sites are more dangerous than you may realize, and they often lead to serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Read on to learn more about construction accidents.
What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result from direct trauma to the head or a jolt of the head severe enough to rattle the brain inside the skull.
How Can Construction Accidents Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries?
Unfortunately, construction sites are dangerous, and there are innumerable ways for both construction workers and innocent bystanders to become injured. Some of the most common injuries include:
Falls from heights — Construction sites often involve people working in high places, including ladders, rooftops, scaffolding, and more. If proper safety precautions are not taken, if safety equipment fails, or if workers are careless, they can easily fall from a great height. It is very common to hit your head in such a serious fall and to suffer trauma to the brain, resulting in a TBI. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of TBI in the United States.
Falling objects — Just as people can fall from heights, so can their tools and other objects. When workers are on scaffolding or higher levels, they can accidentally drop heavy tools or building materials. These objects can fall and land on other workers or people who may be walking past the construction site. If such tools land on someone’s head, especially from a great height, it is likely they might suffer a serious TBI.
Equipment accidents — Many construction crews use heavy equipment and machinery including cranes and dump trucks, among many others. If equipment malfunctions or is not operated properly, large pieces of building material can be dropped or can swing uncontrollably and can hit someone, causing serious head and brain injuries.
Motor vehicle collisions — Many construction sites exist on roads and highways. If a construction vehicle collides with another motor vehicle passing by, the resulting crash can be serious. The CDC reports that motor vehicles are also a leading cause of brain injury in the U.S.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Reach out to our firm as soon as possible to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney. Our firm will help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.