Worksite Brain Injury
Construction Accident Attorneys in New York Representing the Rights of Construction Workers Suffering from Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are fairly common on construction sites. A worker can suffer a brain injury in many ways, such as falling from a high level or getting hit in the head with an object. There’s a reason that construction sites require hard hats, but even these cannot completely eliminate brain injuries.
If you’ve suffered a brain injury, you might struggle for months with complications.
Brain injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe, but movement can be impaired with any type of brain injury. For example, a worker might experience:
- Lack of coordination
- Impaired balance
- Poor mobility
- Numbness in the extremities that make it hard to walk or grasp objects
- Dizziness that makes it difficult to stand
Physical therapy can help many workers regain some of their mobility, but a lot will depend on the seriousness the brain injury. Some workers might never fully recover.
Speech is located in certain centers of the brain. If one of those locations is injured in an accident, then a worker might struggle to speak or comprehend language. Speech therapy can sometimes help workers recover their ability to communicate.
After a brain injury, you might find yourself sleeping much more than normal or much less. Sleep disturbances make it harder for a person to fully recover, especially if they feel tired all the time. A doctor might prescribe sleep medication to help a brain injury victim return as close to normal as possible.
Changes to a workers’ personality are some of the least discussed complications from brain injuries. After a concussion, a worker is at a higher risk for many mood disorders such as:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Medical intervention is often necessary and can take several forms. First, the patient might receive prescription drugs to treat the mood disorder. Second, mental health counseling might help the patient work through the traumatic experience.
Personality changes often cause incredible stress in families, with many family members exhausted and unsure of where to turn for help. Family members often benefit from group counseling, where they can meet others who are trying to care for someone with a brain injury.
Other symptoms of a brain injury can include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Impaired sense of smell or taste
These symptoms reduce a person’s overall enjoyment of life but can also make it hard for someone to leave the house. A mild brain injury will often resolve within a few months, but more serious brain injuries can continue to affect a construction worker for years.
Suffered a Brain Injury in Construction? Contact a New York Construction Accident Lawyer Today
Brain injuries can cost workers thousands of dollars in medical care, along with lost wages. If you have been injured on the job, reach out to Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. One of our Bronx construction accident lawyers will meet with you for a free consultation. All you need to do is call 212-285-3300 today or complete our online contact form.