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Head and brain injuries prevalent among construction workers

New York construction workers face an endless list of safety hazards that could lead to life-altering injuries. Head and brain injuries are typically associated with contact sports and car accidents instead of construction work. However, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says a significant number of workers nationwide suffered severe or fatal head injuries over recent years.

Traumatic brain injuries do not necessarily mean a puncture wound to the head. Construction workers are at risk of falling from elevated levels like scaffolds, equipment malfunction or electrocution. Any of these workplace accidents could involve the worker's head striking a hard object. When that happens, the brain smashes into the skull's hard inner walls, damaging or destroying brain cells.

The area in which brain cells are damaged will determine the severity of brain trauma. While some injuries could cause severe and chronic headaches, others could leave the workers with permanent impairments. A lot can be done to prevent such injuries, and employee safety is the employers' responsibility. Adequate safety training and providing the necessary personal protective equipment can go a long way to keep workers safe.

Nevertheless, workers who suffer head and brain injuries while on the job are typically eligible for workers' compensation benefits. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a party not linked to the employer, there might be grounds for a third-party personal injury claim and the workers' compensation claim. An experienced New York attorney can assess such a claim's viability and provide the necessary support and guidance throughout ensuing proceedings.

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