If you work construction in New Jersey, you likely perform a good portion of your work on roofs, ladders and scaffolding. It goes without saying that the higher up you work, the more likelihood you have of sustaining a serious injury such as a traumatic brain injury if and when you fall. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists falls as the number one cause of construction deaths.
Per the Mayo Clinic, a TBI occurs when you hit your head during a fall or other accident. Even if you wear a hard hat, the impact of your head hitting the ground or an intervening object makes your brain “slosh around” inside your skull. This, in turn, injures your brain’s delicate tissues, which may, and often does, result in your brain malfunctioning.
The symptoms exhibited by TBI victims vary from person to person. To make matters worse, you may or may not exhibit immediate symptoms. It often takes hours, days or even weeks for them to appear. Consequently, you should remain highly vigilant for any of the following TBI symptoms:
- Problems with your eyes, such as double, blurry or decreased vision
- Problems with your ears, such as tinnitus or decreased hearing
- Problems with your speech, such as the inability to produce the right word at the right time
- Problems with your thinking, such as the inability to process information
- Problems with your mobility, such as the inability to walk without stumbling, falling or needing assistance
- Problems with your emotions, such as increased levels of anxiety, fear, hostility, depression, etc.
A TBI can render you partially or totally disabled, and while your disability may be only temporary, it can also last for the rest of your life. Either way, you can expect staggering medical bills for hospitalization, medications, one or more surgeries, and the required rehabilitation and physical therapy after your hospital discharge.
This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.