Brain Injuries at Construction Sites
Construction sites are dangerous places for both workers and for passersby. However, it is necessary to have construction sites to build structures and improve roads and buildings. Injuries do happen at these sites and one of the most common injuries is a traumatic brain injury, commonly known as a TBI.
What is a TBI?
A TBI occurs when tissue in the brain is damaged, which can disrupt functioning that is associated with that part of the brain. TBIs can be mild1 and the most common form is the concussion. However, this type of injury can also be severe2 and can result in long-lasting comas and permanent impairments with cognitive, physical, and emotional functioning. No matter how mild or severe as TBI may be, it is critical for anyone who hits their head to seek a medical evaluation and diagnosis to ensure they receive the treatment they need.
Causes of TBI among Construction Workers
Brain injuries can occur in many different ways on construction sites due to a wide variety of hazards that are common during construction projects. Some of the most common causes of TBI among construction workers include the following:
- Getting hit in the head by objects falling from above
- Falling from scaffolding, ladders, or rooftops
- Getting hit by materials that are being moved or by heavy equipment
- Explosions or other events that jolt the brain
- Vehicle accidents
Who is Liable for Your Losses?
It is not always simple to determine who should be responsible for covering your medical care and any income you lose if you must miss work due to your brain injury. There are two major options, which are described below.
Your employer – If you are not an independent contractor, you should be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance, which provides benefits for people injured on the job. You can seek payment of your medical bills, as well as partial wage replacement and disability payments if you are unable to work for an extended period of time.
Third party – In some cases, you can also seek compensation from a third party instead of or in addition to workers’ compensation. Doing so can often result in greater recovery than workers’ compensation alone. This may be an option for you if one of the following caused you accident and TBI:
- Defective tools or equipment
- An independent contractor or individual not directly associated with your employer
- Another driver
It is important to have an experienced attorney review your case to determine the best course of action for you.
Discuss Your Options with a Skilled Tampa Brain Injury Lawyer
After a work-related brain injury, you may hear conflicting reports of what to do. An experienced brain injury attorney will be able to evaluate your specific situation and provide valuable advice on how to proceed in seeking compensation for your medical costs and lost wages. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Tampa brain injury attorneys, call today at 727-451-6900 or send us an email through our .
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