If you or someone you care about has been injured in a construction accident in Scottsdale, it may be in your best interest to discuss your situation with a good construction accident lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ. If you are in the awful situation of grieving over the loss of a loved one, a Scottsdale, AZ construction accident lawyer may be able to hold the parties that let this tragedy occur, liable for the damages and grief they’ve caused the victim’s surviving family members.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, estimates that in a typical year as many as 25,000 injuries and 36 deaths are caused on construction sites by falls on stairways and ladders alone. This makes construction sites one of the most dangerous work environments in the US. A Scottsdale, AZ construction accident lawyer may be able to help you by investigating for negligence and assigning liability for damages to the guilty party that caused your or your loved one’s injury.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workers who are 65 years of age and older were 4 times more likely to experience a fatal injury on the job site compared to workers who are 25 to 34 years old. NIOSH also reports that construction workers employed by small businesses with less than 20 employees were 2.5 times more likely to sustain a severe injury resulting in life-long consequences or death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the injuries most commonly experienced by workers on construction sites include:
- Burns and scarring due to fires caused by exposed wiring, dangerous chemicals, and/or leaking pipes
- Injuries to the spinal cord as a result of falls
- Head injuries due to falling objects, including lacerations, concussion, and traumatic brain injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that disrupts its normal function, usually caused by a blow to the head or a penetrating head injury. The most commonly occurring TBI is a concussion. An AZ construction accident lawyer may be able to advise a Scottsdale victim regarding potential legal remedies and the types of damages claims they may be able to make.
TBIs can be mild or severe. The symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can involve physical, sensory, and/or mental deficits, such as:
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue or drowsiness
- Difficulty sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensory problems including blurred vision, ringing in the ears, experiencing a bad taste in the mouth, or a change in the ability to smell
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Mood changes or mood swings
- Feeling depressed or anxious
A traumatic brain injury may also adversely affect the injured person’s cognitive skills, which may include issues with:
- Attention or concentration
- Beginning or completing tasks
- Speaking or writing
- Understanding speech or writing
- Organizing thoughts and ideas
- Following and participating in conversations
A study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that between the years 2003 and 2010, over 2,200 construction workers were killed due to a traumatic brain injury, representing approximately 25% of all construction fatalities. Falls on construction sites are the leading cause of TBIs and often warrant the help of a Scottsdale, AZ construction accident lawyer.
Following a traumatic event, signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury may begin to appear immediately, however symptoms may appear days or even weeks later. If you or a loved one has experienced a construction accident or a traumatic brain injury, a construction accident lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ should probably be contacted in order to discuss and assess possible claims.
For an experienced construction accident lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ, contact the Law Office of Paul Englander for a free consultation with no obligations.