According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of all injuries on construction sites. Coincidentally, falls are a leading cause of fatalities from traumatic brain injuries, according to the CDC.
Other types of construction site accidents that could lead to traumatic brain injuries include:
- Being struck by heavy equipment
- Being caught in-between objects
- Being electrocuted
If you suffered a construction-related injury, you could file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation. An Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you with this goal.
Construction Site Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Mayo Clinic notes that a traumatic brain injury can be caused by either direct or indirect trauma to the brain. Mild forms of this condition can go away on their own within a matter of days. More severe forms, however, can impair an injured person for life.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the following constitute some of the most common causes of injuries–including traumatic brain injuries–on construction sites:
Falls are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in general, according to the CDC. Within the construction sector, falls are the biggest cause of worker deaths.
On a construction site, falls may happen from significant heights. Workers can fall from rooftops, scaffolding, and ledges.
In addition to causing traumatic brain injuries, a fall on a construction site can also lead to:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord trauma
- Lacerations, contusions, and abrasions
- Nerve damage
Some falls are fatal. If you lost a loved one after they fell on a construction site, you could file a wrongful death action to seek damages.
Being Struck By Heavy Equipment
OSHA reports that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous workforces. As such, workers can be struck by cranes, lumber, falling objects, and rods of steel.
After being struck in the head, the affected person could suffer a skull fracture. They could also lose consciousness or their sight.
Being Caught Between Objects
According to OSHA, construction sites can involve hazards from cave-ins, a worker’s body being pinned by machinery, and other hazards that can lead to entrapment between two objects.
A person could:
- Pass away immediately after getting struck
- Pass away due to their condition at a later date
- Require medical attention for their injuries
Of course, a person could also have this accident and walk away unharmed. However, OSHA reports that this situation could have dangerous outcomes.
Electrocution Injuries Can Affect Many Parts of the Body
According to MedlinePlus, electric current is dangerous for the human body for many different reasons.
Electrocution can cause:
- Nerve and tissue damage
- Cardiac arrest
- Thermal burns
- Injuries from falling after experiencing the shock
When significant levels of electric current pass through the body, these injuries can even be deadly.
Your Legal Options After Getting Hurt in a Construction Accident
After you are hurt on a construction site, our team can evaluate the aspects of your situation and determine your legal options.
You could recover compensation for your losses through the following methods:
You Could File an Insurance Claim
You could seek damages for your healthcare expenses and other injury-related costs by filing an insurance claim. Liability for your losses will depend on how you got hurt.
With us on your side, we can:
- File your claim
- Calculate your damages
- Negotiate a settlement
- Review the involved coverage options
We can help you file a claim or lawsuit in the event that a third party was liable for your accident and injuries. If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, we can also work with your workers’ comp attorney.
We can also explain how long you have to file your personal injury claim.
You Could File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
You typically have two years to file a lawsuit against a negligent party in Indiana, per IC §34-11-2-4. However, this deadline could be different depending on who or what caused your accident. For example, if a government department is responsible for your accident, you could have less than two years to take action.
During the litigation proceedings, we can:
- File your lawsuit
- Interview consultants and other witnesses
- Demonstrate negligence and the cost of your damages
- Talk to the defendant and their legal team
- Argue that your injuries merit compensation
We are committed to helping you seek a fair outcome for your case.
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., to Begin Your Case
While you may have many things on your mind at a time like this, the cost of our help does not need to be one of them. That is because we work on a contingency-fee-basis.
When you call us for a free case review, not only can you ask us about our payment structures, but also about the services we provide. To learn more about what types of construction accidents cause traumatic brain injuries, call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., at 317-720-3229. We are proud to serve accident victims in Indianapolis.