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Construction workers, accidents and traumatic brain injury

As a commercial construction worker, there’s nothing more important than your health and well-being. Not only should you take steps to remain safe throughout the day, but you expect your employer to do the same.

Unfortunately, there are times when accidents occur on a job site. If this happens and you’re involved, it could result in a variety of serious injuries.

A traumatic brain injury is one of the most serious, as this can impact your life in a number of ways. For example, you could require long-term care as you are unable to complete everyday tasks such as dressing and feeding yourself.

Treatment for a traumatic brain injury

If you suffer a traumatic brain injury on a construction site, it’s important to receive immediate medical attention. This means two things:

  • Care at the scene from emergency responders.
  • Care at a local emergency room.

The sooner you receive care the greater chance you have of avoiding the most serious impact.

From there, the type of treatment you receive depends largely on the severity of the injury. Consider the following:

  • Surgery is often necessary to remove clotted blood, relieve pressure in the brain, and/or to repair a skull fracture.
  • Medications can be used for many reasons, such as to prevent seizures and induce a coma.
  • Rehabilitation. After the initial treatment is complete, rehabilitation specialists can step in to provide care. This can include but is not limited to: occupational therapist, physical therapist, physiatrist, speech pathologist, rehabilitation nurse, and neuropsychologist.

It’s important to consult with a highly qualified medical team that has experience treating all types of traumatic brain injuries. This helps ensure the best care, both immediately following the accident and in the weeks and months to come.

Construction workers take steps to avoid accidents. They also wear protective gear just in case something bad happens. Even so, there is no way to guarantee that you’ll never suffer a traumatic brain injury.

If this happens, don’t hesitate to receive the best care, create a treatment plan for the future, and then learn more about your legal rights. If a loved one has suffered this type of injury, you may need to step in and provide him or her w ith assistance.

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