March 13, 2020

Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Construction Workers

By Jonathan Damashek

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” Given the hazards present on any construction site, construction workers face considerable risk of suffering a TBI every day. Hard hats and safety regulations certainly help, but sometimes injuries are unavoidable.

The brain injury lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. help injured construction workers in the New York metropolitan area get back on their feet. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients and we can help you get the compensation you need. If you’d like to schedule a free case review, call us at (212) 490-5700 or contact us online to discuss your case and learn more about how we can help you.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Are More Common Than You Think

In a study completed in 2016, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reported that TBIs accounted for 25% of all construction deaths and that TBIs suffered on construction sites accounted for 24% of all TBI-related fatalities. The report contains a number of other troubling statistics:

  • Workers in small construction companies (less than 20 employees) are 2.5 times more likely to suffer a fatal TBI than workers in companies that had 100 or more employees.
  • Male workers were seven times more likely to suffer a fatal TBI than female workers.
  • Workers older than 65 were 4 times more likely to suffer a fatal TBI than younger workers.
  • Falls cause more than 50% of all fatal TBIs, with structural steelworkers and roofers having the highest rate of fatal TBIs.

With construction workers accounting for one-quarter of all fatal TBIs, it’s clear that traumatic brain injuries among construction workers deserve more recognition than they receive.

Types of Brain Injuries Suffered by Construction Workers

If you work in construction, you know that you face numerous hazards that can result in serious injury. Brain injuries are among the most serious, and it’s therefore important to understand the specific type of brain injury you have suffered:

  • Concussions: Concussions are typically caused by a sudden blow to the head, perhaps from being struck by falling equipment or a minor fall. Concussions can range from mild to severe, but even mild concussions can have long-term effects.
  • Penetrating head wounds: This is an injury caused when some object penetrates the skull and is driven into the brain. These can be caused by flying debris or falling objects. Penetrating head wounds are very serious injuries that often carry life-long effects.
  • Closed head injury: These are similar to a concussion, in that the skull remains intact. However, the injury is caused by severe trauma to the brain, such as a fall from a great height. Closed head injuries can result in permanent brain damage.

Your brain can also suffer contusions (bruising), hematoma (bleeding), and lesions depending on your injury. If you’ve suffered an accident at work, the best thing you can do is get a thorough medical examination to make sure all of your injuries are identified and you are getting the proper care.

Contact a New York Brain Injury Lawyer if You’ve Been Injured on the Job

At Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., we know how devastating a brain injury can be. Not only are you unable to work, but you’re facing mounting medical bills and are unable to take care of your family. We know how overwhelming and frustrating it can be, which is why we aggressively fight to make sure you’re taken care of. If you’ve suffered a brain injury and don’t know where to turn, contact us at (212) 490-5700 to schedule a free case review and learn more about how we can help.