Brain Injury Related Personal Injury Cases – Today’s guest blog is by Pacific Attorney Group, PLC. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Attorney Mark E. Hall.
Brain Injury Related Personal Injury Cases
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), more than 3 million adults and children in America are suffering from permanent disability of brain-related injury. This makes 1 in every 60 people in the USA.
For many years, the research on brain injury was focused on the immediate time after the injury happens. These researches helped in developing interventions that help to mitigate some brain damage consequences and save lives. It became clear that brain injuries worked as a chronic disease with progressive, irregular, ad slow timelines.
Types and Causes of Brain Injuries
Usually, people referred to as ABI (acquired brain injuries) when they talk about brain injuries. ABI is a non-hereditary, by birth, or degenerative brain injury. Below are some examples of ABI:
TBI: Traumatic brain injuries are caused by brain trauma from an external force. Main causes of TBI include struck-by object accidents, falls, assaults, and vehicle accidents.
Anoxic or hypoxic brain injuries: This injury results due to oxygen deprivation. This injury results from overdose/substance abuse, medical malpractice, infectious disease, drowning, and electric shock.
Brain Injury Prevention in the Workplace
To prevent occupational brain injuries, site safety managers, employers, and workers take necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone.
Tips for Employers
- Adopt comprehensive height-related threat guidelines and fall protection
- Make sure that workers are provided with undamaged, best quality PPE and head protection to compliance with standards including ANSI.
- Regularly assess the safety policies by implementing self-auditing and making changes as per need.
- Make sure all the equipment, machinery, tools, and vehicles are properly serviced and in working order.
- Promptly address unsafe conditions of worksite by replacing, repairing, and/or warning about the potential hazards adequately.
Tips For Workers
- Ensure that protective headwear is securely and properly fit
- Always wear headgear and PPE when working in areas where there is a risk of falling objects or from heights.
- Must wear proper footwear to minimize the risk of trips, falls, and slips
- Keep walkways and common worksite areas free from tripping and debris hazards
- Be aware and stay vigilant of the surroundings especially multi-employer or busy worksites
- Practice caution while operating heavy equipment and vehicles
How Brain Injuries is caused at Worksite
Though there are different ways how brain injury occurs, there are especially concerning risks for workers in different occupations, like construction. Some common brain injuries risks at the worksite include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls from ladders
- Vehicle accidents
- Toxic exposure
- Falling objects
- Worksite falls and trips
- Building collapse and demolition
- Tunnel and trench work
- Electrical accidents/electric shocks
Pursuing Legal Action After the Brain Injury
If you or anyone you know has suffered a brain injury while doing job duties then you are eligible to take legal action personal injury case against the responsible party. Depending upon the facts, the property owner, developer, or general contractor could fail to comply with the safety compliance on the worksite. Glendale personal injury lawyers have recorded hundreds of brain injury workers’ compensation cases due to falling objects, falls, and other workplace accidents.