Traumatic Brain Injuries Resulting From Construction Work
Traumatic brain injury or TBI is considered one of the most serious injuries resulting from accidents in the construction work area. Aside from severe health implications which may leave the sufferer incapacitated, it can also result in loss of wages which can severely affect the victim and his entire family – emotionally, personally, financially, and socially.
Traumatic Brain Injury in Numbers
- There are 5.3 million Americans, about 2% of the population, who live with brain-injury related disabilities.
- Two construction workers die every day in the United States due to work-related injuries; one in five work fatalities occur in the construction area.
- 30% of injury-related deaths in the United States is a direct result of TBI.
- Falls cause an estimated 47% of TBI; it is considered as the leading cause of TBI, especially for persons 65 years old and above.
- At the construction worksite, 36.9% of accidents that can result in TBI is due to falling from unprotected sides, wall openings, floor holes, weak or improper construction of scaffoldings, protruding steel bars, and accidents from the use of portable ladders.
- Being struck by object account for 10.3% of workplace accidents, usually by vehicles or flying/falling objects.
- 9% of workplace accidents are caused by electrocutions, which happens when the worker gets in contact with power lines, missing the ground path, or by improper use of equipment and cords.
- Being caught between objects account for 2.6% of accidents within the workplace, commonly due to unsafe access/egress, spoil-pile placement, failure to inspect trench and protective systems, and the absence of a protective system.
Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury
Moderate to severe TBI can have a permanent and lasting impact, not just on the affected person but on his family as well. Physical and mental disability is common, and additional disabilities may surface as a consequence of other injuries.
TBI sufferers find it quite challenging to complete work and tasks that used to be routine for them – walking, talking, eating and drinking, getting dressed and the likes. Some of their skills may be affected and even lost. A person could end up incapable of continuing work or study. If the sufferer happens to be the family’s provider, it can negatively impact the family’s financial situation.
Traumatic brain injury affects the cognitive ability of the person. It may take them longer than usual to perform tasks associated with memory and thinking, such as trouble with recognition, difficulty with remembering, and problems with social relationships.
Other potential effects include sleep disorders, loss of stamina, physical paralysis, loss of bowel and bladder control, and speech problems. The brain injury sustained might also make them entirely dependent on their family and caregiver.
Why Hire a Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer
As we have previously established, TBI is among the most serious injuries one can acquire from workplace mishaps that can leave the victim debilitated. A brain injury lawyer with comprehensive knowledge of the law encompassing the area of personal injury can help you get through the process of acquiring the best possible settlement that you rightfully deserve.
- They have knowledge and experience.
They know the fundamentals of personal injury law, including the common tactics of insurance adjusters. They are very much aware of how insurance adjusters find a way to create a settlement that’s more for the company’s best interest rather than yours.
- They have a strong professional network that includes doctors, investigators, and other lawyers and experts.
Their combined efforts can deliver a successful and positive outcome for the client.
- It saves you time, energy, and even money.
You won’t have to spend a tremendous amount of time doing research, requesting for and reviewing records and charts, and coordinating with different people from different fields to help build your claim. The personal injury lawyer can handle these for you. They will even handle expenses associated with accomplishing these things. All you need to focus on is to get better.
- You don’t pay if you don’t win the case.
Most of the personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee arrangement. If they don’t win the case for you, you don’t owe fees. If they do win, you won’t have to pay upfront as the fees will come out of the settlement.
Statistically, those who hire a lawyer get more from injury settlement, even after deducting attorney’s fees from it, than those who don’t hire a lawyer. In some cases where an alternative resolution is necessary, the personal injury lawyer can take care of your arbitration, mediation, or even trial.
The Clark Law Office Can Help You with Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
Traumatic brain injury can make the sufferer feel hopeless and helpless about their situation. The severe health damage that can leave the victim unable to function properly and the financial and emotional burden they suffer from it warrant just and fair compensation.
Our professional and seasoned personal injury lawyers at The Clark Law Office can help you with all the legal process of acquiring the best possible settlement. Fill out our contact form or call us at (517) 347-6900 for a free consultation today.