Traumatic Brain Injuries and Construction Accidents in NY
Given the nature of the work performed in the construction industry, workplace accidents commonly result when workers fall off scaffolding or other related structures or objects used in construction, such as tools and debris, inadvertently fall on workers. When either event occurs, construction workers are often only left with only a plastic helmet to shield their heads from injury. Accordingly, it comes as no surprise that, when a construction accident occurs, construction workers can sustain blows to the head that can be potentially catastrophic. One type of catastrophic injury that construction workers may sustain if they fall on their head or get hit in the head is commonly referred to as a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
Generally, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the tissue of the brain caused by a bump, jolt, or sudden blow to the head. TBI may range in severity from mild to quite severe, and, as such, it is an umbrella term used to describe many different types of brain injuries.
In the field of construction, by far the most common type of TBI that can result from a fall, a falling object, a forklift or crane accident, or an explosion is a concussion. Concussions occur when a sudden jolt or blow to the head causes the brain to accelerate in the direction of the sudden force. While a concussion can be quite mild, sustaining multiple concussions could cause construction workers to develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition permanently altering mood, behavior, and cognitive functioning.
Another form of TBI that commonly results from construction accidents is coup-contrecoup brain injuries. In a construction setting, coup-contrecoup brain injuries can be sustained during a forceful fall, a severe blow to the head by a falling object, or a severe blow to the head by construction equipment. These types of brain injuries occur when the brain slams into the side of the skull opposite the side of the skull that actually sustained impact. If construction workers suffer coup-contrecoup brain injuries, they may need extensive time and support to recover. In some cases, the victim might never recover.
Contact the NYC Personal Injury Attorneys at Proner & Proner Today If You Have Sustained a Brain Injury in a Construction Accident
If you or a loved one has sustained a TBI as a result of a construction accident in NYC, the Bronx, Queens, or Brooklyn, NY, the personal injury attorneys at Proner & Proner can help you. With our decades of experience litigating construction accident cases throughout the five boroughs, we can provide you with information regarding your legal rights and options. Call us at (212) 500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd St., Suite 1448, New York, NY 10165, as well as offices located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, NY.
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