Louisiana construction workers know quite well that they are in a hazardous occupation. One of the biggest dangers to construction workers is traumatic brain injury. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, construction workers suffer more TBIs than workers in any other industry in the United States.
Traumatic brain injuries accounted for 25 percent of all construction worker fatalities between 2003 and 2010. More than half of the fatal injuries were the result of falls, especially from scaffolding, roofs and ladders. Older workers age 65 or over were almost four times more likely to suffer a fatal traumatic brain injury than workers between the ages of 25 to 34. Also, TBI fatalities were more far more likely to occur in companies with less than 20 employees than for those who worked for companies with over 100 employees.A NIOSH representative indicated that there has been a drop in construction industry TBI fatalities. He stated that despite this, there is still a need for safety measures and prevention efforts to be implemented and improved upon.
Traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild or severe. If a TBI is not fatal, it can nevertheless be life-changing. Even someone who suffers a mild TBI can have symptoms including memory loss, emotional disturbance, sleep problems, confusion or difficulty concentrating, and these symptoms can last a year or more.
Sometimes the symptoms of a mild TBI are overlooked at the time of the incident that caused it. In many cases, an employer or its insurer will attempt to dispute a workers’ compensation claim that is filed by an injured victim, and in such cases, legal representation may be advisable in order to obtain the maximum amount of benefits.