Accidents can happen in almost any profession, but they tend to be higher for those who work in the construction industry. This field has inherent dangers and risks associated with the job. However, this doesn’t mean that employees should just accept workplace injuries as commonplace and not seek proper treatment. Incidents of workplace injuries must always be reported to an employer, regardless of how severe the injury appears at the time.
Those who have visible injury or symptoms such as the following should get medical attention immediately:
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Bleeding, cuts, open wounds
- Bruising on abdomen area
- Intense headache
- Pain and stiffness
- Tingling or numbness
- Burns or deformities
- Sensory symptoms (blurry vision, ear ringing, etc.)
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury develops when the brain gets damaged or injured from an external force. Even when construction workers wear protective gear as they are supposed to, traumatic brain injuries can easily happen due to a fall, defective equipment, explosion, collapse, and more.
Spinal Cord Damage
The spinal cord has bundles of nerves that connect the body to the brain. When the cord gets crushed, compressed, or severed, it can cause devastating changes to the victim’s ability to perform basic functions.
Fractures and Broken Bones
Construction workers are vulnerable to sustaining fractures and broken bones. They may slip and fall from heights, have an extremity caught in a machine, or in some other way sustain injury simply due to the nature of a hazardous construction site.
Open flame sources, volatile fumes, and exposed wires put construction workers at risk of electrical, chemical, or thermal burns. Burns can become infected, require amputation, or scar/disfigure the victim.
As a construction accident lawyer, like one from Rispoli & Borneo, P.C., may tell potential clients, injured construction workers must put their health first and utilize their right to seek medical care for injuries that occur because of the job.