As a Pennsylvania construction worker, you often likely must perform your work while on a roof, scaffolding or tall ladder. This naturally puts you at risk for falling, and this, in turn, puts you at risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury.
The Mayo Clinic explains that a traumatic brain injury is an injury to your head and/or neck that causes your brain to violently swing back and forth within the confines of your skull. This violent motion injures your brain’s delicate cells, tissues and nerves and results in your brain becoming dysfunctional in one or more ways. It likely will not surprise you to learn that falls constitute the most frequent cause of a TBI.
Unfortunately, no two TBIs are alike, and no two head injuries, however supposedly minor, are alike either. This is why you should always seek and receive immediate emergency medical attention any time you hit your head at work. You need the assessment and, if necessary, the treatment of an experienced head trauma physician as soon as possible after your fall.
TBI symptoms can take a variety of forms and may not appear immediately after your fall. In fact, they can appear much later, up to a month later. You should, therefore, remain vigilant to any of the following symptoms:
- Vision problems, including blurry, double or decreased vision
- Hearing problems, including tinnitus or decreased hearing
- Speaking problems, including your ability to say words and/or speak understandably to others
- Cognitive problems, including your ability to think and process information
- Mobility problems, including your ability to walk without stumbling, staggering and/or requiring assistance
- Emotional and mental problems, including such things as anger, anxiety, fear, loss of temper, etc.
If you receive a TBI as the result of an on-the-job fall, you can expect your medical costs to drastically spiral upward due to your likely need for hospitalization, medications, surgeries, physical therapy, rehabilitation, etc. If you suffer long-lasting disabilities from your TBI, you may be unable to work and may require the assistance of an in-home caregiver.
This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.