Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) happen in many different ways and, often times, are preventable. This is especially true of TBIs in the workplace. With falls accounting for 47 percent of all TBI-related injuries, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States, a workplace injury can easily lead to serious head trauma.
With nearly three million nonfatal injuries occurring in 2016, a head injury can leave an individual with life-long issues and permanently out of a job. When facing the challenges of a traumatic brain injury, victims and their families can deal with an unbearable amount of pain and financial stress.
But you don’t have to face the darkness alone.
The trustworthy New Orleans attorneys at the Cardon Law Firm are dedicated to providing the care and legal guidance you need to begin your recovery after a workplace head injury.
Work-related TBIs can occur in a number of ways including:
Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are one of the most cited causes of workplace TBIs and account for 20 percent of work-related head injuries. These accidents frequently occur for any number of reasons including liquid spills, cracked or uneven pavement, ice or rain, an employee’s own fault, and hazards on the floor, among many others.
A slip and fall on the hard ground or against another object can be extremely dangerous, especially in construction areas if a worker fails to use their safety equipment (e.g. a hard hat).
Struck By or Against An Object
One of the “Fatal Four” causes of injury, being struck by or against an object is a prevalent concern in many industrial, manufacturing, and construction jobs. Heavy machinery, explosions, and scaffolding accidents that involve falling objects are leading causes of work-related TBIs.
Wearing the proper safety equipment can prove to be absolutely pivotal to the safety of workers.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Some occupations require employees to use a motor vehicle. These kinds of jobs can include construction, home repair services, trucking services, and many others. Because of the sheer amount of time spent on the road, the likelihood of getting into an accident increases. An impact at high speeds can lead to serious injuries much like a major head injury.
In order to prevent injury, occupants of a motor vehicle should always wear their seatbelts when on the road.
Equipment Malfunction and Failure
Equipment malfunction and failure can occur in many different industries but especially those that utilize heavy machinery. Not only do these types of situations pose a serious threat to workers but the general public as well. In situations where the work equipment was defective, because of design or manufacturing error, the injured employee may have a right to sue the manufacturer for product liability.
Oil rig workers, workers on manufacturing sites, and construction workers can deal with hazardous chemicals and materials that have the potential to explode. These types of scenarios are extremely life threatening. Even at a distance, the force of an explosion can throw an individual against a hard surface, or flying objects can strike a person’s head.
Results of a Head Injury
The physical and psychological effects of a traumatic brain injury vary from individual to individual, and even minor TBIs can have long-lasting complications. Depending on the severity of the TBI, it can take weeks or even years for the individual to return to their pre-injury conditions, and that’s if a full recovery is even a possibility.
A few of the most frequently noted complications that occur as a result of head injury include:
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Difficulty with communication
- Behavioral changes
- Increased aggressiveness
Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries are very serious conditions that can leave the victim unable to work while the medical bills continue to pile. This is a very critical situation that requires the guidance and support of a dedicated legal team to ensure you or your loved one receives the compensation and protection you deserve during this time of need.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a TBI while on the job, contact the Louisiana personal injury lawyers Hannah Salter and Cliff Cardone of the Cardone Law Firm today at (504) 522-3333 for your free legal consultation.
At the Cardone Law Firm, we are dedicated to providing the best legal representation for all of our clients. For over 40 years, we have been looking out for our clients’ interests and achieving successful outcomes for their cases.