Long-Term Effects of Construction Accident Injuries
Construction zone accidents are often serious and pose dangers to both construction workers and motorists. Being injured in a construction zone accident can have long-term consequences, affecting mental health, income, and overall quality of life.
The attorneys of the Foley Law Firm work tirelessly to help victims of construction accidents in Scranton, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, and Wilkes-Barre, PA, get the compensation they deserve for their injuries and related damages.
If you have been injured in a construction accident, please contact the attorneys of Foley Law Firm to learn more about your options for recovering compensation. In the meantime, let’s take a moment to consider some of the long-term consequences facing construction workers who have been injured on the job.
Burn injuries are common in construction site accidents. They can happen as a result of exposure to chemicals, issues with electrical wiring, leaking pipes, steam, flames or other sources.
Whether burns are electrical, chemical, or thermal, they can result in significant scars and sometimes amputations.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Even when safety helmets are worn, accidents involving the head can result in a traumatic brain injury or “TBI.” A TBI can happen on a construction site if a tool or equipment falls on someone’s head or if a worker falls from scaffolding or a ladder and lands on their head.
While some people will recover from a TBI, others will suffer from lifelong problems, which may include personality changes, cognitive problems, damage to the cranial nerves, and problems with speech or other forms of communication.
Some construction site accidents involving loud noises can cause instantaneous hearing loss but perhaps more common is hearing loss from continuous exposure to loud noises, like jackhammers and other large equipment.
Hearing loss can negatively impact quality of life. Besides having difficulty hearing others, hearing loss can affect self-esteem and increase stress.
Repetitive Overuse Stress Injuries
Working in construction is hard on the body. Construction workers often perform the same movements on a regular basis, like bending and lifting. Overt ime, engaging in repetitive movements can lead to injuries called repetitive overuse stress injuries including tendinitis and stress fractures.
If left untreated, repetitive overuse stress injuries can cause permanent damage to the muscles, nerves, and tendons of the affected area.
Construction Injuries Can Cause Lifelong Consequences
Workers injured in construction site accidents can face lifelong challenges beyond the physical problems stemming from their injuries. When injuries cause permanent disability, it can have long-term effects such as:
- Unable to return to work
- Loss of income
- Loss of potential future earnings
- Loss of independence
When construction site accidents happen as a result of a lack of protective equipment, proper training, or some other form of negligence by an employer or manager, it may be possible to recover compensation for damages including pain and suffering. A construction accident lawyer can help.
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If you have been injured in a construction accident, we encourage you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation with the attorneys of Foley Law Firm.