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What medical conditions result from construction site injuries?

Construction sites pose risks for many different types of injuries. A Connecticut worker may suffer from a fall, be injured by a piece of equipment or a falling building, or even in an explosion. When a worker is injured on a construction site, he or she may develop a wide range of medical conditions due to his or her injury.

A fall can produce a number of serious medical conditions for a worker. A construction worker may suffer from a traumatic brain injury after a ladder or scaffolding fall, as well as paralysis, or other spinal cord injuries. Additionally, fractures and broken bones may result from falls on construction sites.

A worker who is involved in a machinery accident may suffer the loss of a toe, finger, or limb, as well as the possible loss of vision or other eye injury if shrapnel gets caught in a piece of equipment and subsequently impales a worker. Of course, workers who encounter exposed nails or faulty equipment may also have to deal with lacerations. Electrical accidents may lead to electrocutions or other burns. Additionally, a worker who has been victimized by a construction site accident, whether on his or her own or an accident that also involves fellow co-workers, may develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Making matters worse, some medical conditions may develop over time. For example, a worker may experience a loss of hearing after repeated use of a jack hammer without protective gear. Also, an individual who must perform repetitive actions in his or her job may develop knee, shoulder or ankle injuries.

Therefore, construction accidents can have many different medical consequences. Workers' compensation benefits may be available for injured construction workers to help with expenses while they are away from a job and focusing on their recovery, but they are not always easy to obtain. Those who have been injured on the job may thus want to discuss the matter with a qualified legal professional.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed Feb. 12, 2016

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