Head and Brain Injuries
Injuries to the head are some of the most serious forms of physical damage that anyone can suffer. Because of the extreme impact that any damage to the brain can have on practically every aspect of a person’s life, even a relatively minor head injury may be cause for serious concern. While any person can suffer a head injury, construction workers in particular are at a considerably greater risk of suffering a significant head injury due to their line of work.
One of the most significant impacts that a serious head or brain injury can have on a construction worker’s life is on their finances. The cost of medical care for these types of injuries is often quite high, and lengthy recovery periods may limit a worker’s earning ability for a significant length of time. For this reason, it may be necessary for construction workers who suffer serious head and brain injuries to file a personal injury lawsuit when a reckless or irresponsible behavior caused their injury in order to pursue the compensation they need.
Types of Head and Brain Injuries
The head and brain are some of the most fragile parts of the human body, and any type of accident or injury can quickly lead to serious damage. Some of the most common forms of injury to the head and brain include the following:
- Fractured skull
- Cerebral contusion
- Intracranial hemorrhage
These and other forms of head and brain injuries can not only place the life of a construction worker at risk in the short term, but they can also lead to far-reaching consequences that may affect the rest of the worker’s life.
Causes of Head and Brain Injuries
The dangerous nature of construction work makes the possibility of head and brain injuries significantly greater for those employed in this career field. Some of the most common causes of construction head and brain injuries include the following:
- Moving vehicles striking workers
- Falling tools and equipment
- Crane and scaffolding collapses
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
- Slip and fall accidents
These and other causes of construction head and brain injuries may render a worker eligible to pursue a personal injury claim against those responsible for the accident, if negligent or reckless conduct was involved. However, determining who should be held liable can be difficult for those without a legal background.
A number of different people or groups may be held responsible for construction head and brain injuries, including the following:
- General contractors
- Equipment manufacturers
- Construction site managers and owners
Depending on the particular circumstances in which the injury occurred, these and other individuals may be held responsible for some or all of the damages. Determining liability for an injury is especially important as it allows an injured person to know whom they should take legal action against. The assistance of an experienced and qualified legal professional can help those who find themselves in the difficult position of dealing with this type of injury to effectively determine who should be held liable for the damages and how best to pursue compensation for the injury’s consequences.