As a construction worker, you likely spend considerable time on ladders, roofs, scaffolds and other high surfaces from which you face a substantial risk of falling. Not only can these falls result in broken bones, lacerations, abrasions, etc., but also in traumatic brain injuries.
By definition, a TBI occurs when you sustain a sudden blow to your head that causes it to violently jerk back and forth. Your brain likewise violently jerks back and forth inside your skull, receiving injury in the process. Unfortunately, falls represent the number one cause of TBIs.
No two TBIs are exactly the same. You may or may not experience immediate symptoms. Oftentimes, symptoms fail to appear until days or weeks later. Common TBI symptoms include the following:
- Decreased, blurry or double vision
- Decreased hearing or a constant ringing in your ears
- Decreased coordination and balance
- Decreased verbal ability
- Decreased control over your emotions
Always take a head injury seriously and seek immediate medical attention. An experienced head trauma physician needs to evaluate you for TBI. If you suffered one, you need immediate treatment to minimize its effects.
A TBI can have numerous long-lasting negative consequences, including the following:
- You cannot work for a substantial period of time, perhaps never again.
- You cannot process information the same way you did before your injury.
- You cannot see properly and could become temporarily or permanently blind.
- You cannot control your increased feelings of anger, hostility, depression, etc. and therefore often lash out at people.
Your TBI likely also will result in extraordinarily high medical and rehabilitation bills that could continue to mount for years after your accident. In a worst-case scenario, you could become totally disabled and therefore unable to earn a living. You may also require in-home care from a family member, resulting in his or her own loss of income.
For these and many additional reasons, you need to take every precaution against falling while you work. The resulting TBI could drastically reduce your quality of life for years to come.