Brain injuries are among the most consequential kinds of harm that a construction worker can suffer as a result of occupational circumstances. Severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can affect virtually every aspect of an individual’s experience and well-being. Yet, even a relatively-minor concussion can impact a worker’s ability to engage in everyday activity and to return to their job for a time.
As a result of how challenging occupational brain injuries can be, it is important for professionals within the construction industry to be well-schooled in regard to why and how these injuries occur. When it comes to preventing physical harm on construction sites, knowledge is power. Workers and employers alike need to ensure that they understand how these injuries occur so that they can be prevented, whenever possible.
It is well understood that the single greatest cause of injuries within the construction industry is falls. Falls can cause a TBI even if a worker slips or trips in a “same level” scenario. Yet, there is no question that many workers who shape the Chicago skyline and the character of the suburbs risk falling from great heights as well.
2. Being Struck by a Motor Vehicle
Many construction projects occur within road-related construction zones. Whether a building is being erected on a residential street or an overpass is being constructed on a highway, construction workers frequently grapple with the risk of being struck by a motor vehicle.
As virtually anyone who has ever driven in a construction zone can attest, workers cannot count on motorists to prioritize safety. As a result, workers and employers must do what they can to mitigate the risk of vehicle-worker collisions, as the bodies of motorists are protected by vehicles and the bodies of construction workers are not.
3. Being Struck by Occupational Equipment or Material
Construction workers regularly interact with heavy, dangerous equipment. Additionally, even material as ordinarily innocuous as a metal tape measure could become a life-threatening projectile if dropped on a worker from a great height. Taking precautions to mitigate the risk of striking workers is, therefore, a critical priority.
Contact a Skilled Chicago Construction Injury Lawyer to Receive Client-Focused Assistance
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury while working in the construction industry, it is important to seek legal guidance as proactively as you can. Unionized construction workers, those who work outside of union protection, and even independent contractors all have rights under the law. Most construction workers are automatically entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after sustaining a work-related TBI, while others may need to take advantage of insurance claims and personal injury lawsuit processes in order to receive whatever compensation they are rightfully owed.
No matter what your family’s unique circumstances may be, the savvy team of construction injury attorneys at Anesi Ozmon, LTD. can help you to pursue the maximum amount of compensation to which you are rightfully entitled. You can schedule a free consultation with our dedicated team today by calling 312-997-5784 or by connecting with us online. You don’t have to navigate this trying and complex challenge alone. We’re here to help and we look forward to speaking with you.