Construction sites can be dangerous places, which means workers are continuously at risk of serious injuries. Depending on the severity of the damage, a person may be unable to work for weeks or months after the incident, which can have a drastic effect on earnings.
Some injuries are more common than others, which highlights the importance of maintaining a safe and secure worksite. Here are a few of those injuries and their possible effects.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
TBI can have significant effects depending on the severity of the damage and the area of the brain impacted. In some cases, a person may be unable to fully recover and can require substantial treatment and management of their condition as a result. And even if recovery is possible, it may take weeks or even months before a person is back to normal physically.
Not all bone fractures are serious, but they can put a construction worker out of commission for some time. For instance, a serious leg fracture can take up to six months to fully heal. Fractures can also require extensive treatment, including physical therapy and rehabilitation to improve function and mobility.
Damage to Spinal Cords
Spinal cord injuries can have a major impact on a person’s life. A severe spinal cord injury may lead to lifelong disability by limiting a person’s mobility. However, even minor spinal cord damage may cause back pain and stiffness, which can prevent a construction worker from pursuing gainful employment. Along with acute injuries, such as those resulting from falls or equipment accidents, repetitive stress can also lead to spinal cord dysfunction.
Eye trauma can occur for numerous reasons. A person may experience damage after being splashed by toxic chemicals. Eye injuries can also result from flying debris while performing work tasks, such as using power tools. Management personnel can limit the risk of eye damage by providing protective eyewear and insisting that workers wear them at all times.
A serious construction injury can derail your life in numerous ways. That’s why you need a skilled construction injury attorney by your side, which is precisely what Hinkle Law Offices provide our Albuquerque clients. We can help you navigate workers’ compensation issues to ensure you secure the funds you deserve. We can also help you appeal a denied claim, which is an unfortunately common phenomenon. Feel free to contact us to learn more or call (505) TUF-HELP to schedule a consultation today.