Construction is a vital industry, but it’s also one of the most hazardous. Workers regularly face risks, and falls from heights are a prevalent cause of catastrophic injuries and even death. Of particular concern are the traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can result from these falls, often involving ladders and scaffolding.
Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction sector, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A significant portion of these fatalities involve falls from heights, with ladders and scaffolding posing particular dangers. Ladders can become unstable if not properly secured or used incorrectly. Scaffolding collapses can occur due to faulty assembly, overloading or improper use. Both scenarios can lead to falls from significant heights, increasing the risk of severe TBIs.
The impact of TBIs
A traumatic brain injury can occur when a forceful blow disrupts the normal function of the brain. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe injuries with life-altering consequences. Symptoms can include:

Memory loss
Difficulty concentrating
Changes in personality

Recovery from a TBI can be a long and difficult process, and some workers may never fully regain their previous abilities. This can have a devastating impact on their livelihood and overall well-being.
Pursuing compensation
If you are a construction worker who has suffered a TBI from a fall involving a ladder or scaffolding, you may be entitled to compensation. Some major steps include:

Seeking medical attention: Get a thorough medical evaluation to diagnose the TBI and begin treatment.
Reporting the accident: Report the fall to your supervisor immediately and document the details of the incident.
Workers’ compensation: Construction companies are mandated to carry workers’ compensation insurance to provide medical benefits and lost wages for work-related injuries. Therefore, you should file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation provider.

You can anticipate your workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and disability payments if you sustain partial or permanent disability from your fall.
Working at heights is a built-in part of many construction jobs that, unfortunately, can come at the cost of a life-altering TBI. By understanding your compensation rights and seeking necessary legal support, you can pursue the financial support you both need and deserve for your recovery.The post How construction workers may sustain TBIs from falling from heights first appeared on Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O’Neil, LLC.