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Workplace accidents such as falls can result in head injuries

Injuries such as broken legs and arms can result from falls and other work accidents in Tennessee. However, other serious injuries that can result from workplace accidents include spinal injuries or brain injuries. These can alter a person’s ability to function mentally or physically. In a recent case in a different state, a person suffered injuries to his head while on-the-job at a construction work site.

The construction worker fell more than 20 feet from one beam. His head struck the ground as a result of the tragic fall. Fire department workers were called to the scene of the accident, which took place at a plant. When they found the worker, he was unconscious. Blood was coming from behind his head as well.

He was transported to the hospital. The construction worker, whose birth year was 1968, was taken into surgery once he reached the medical center and still wasn’t doing well after the surgery. At the time of the accident, construction crews had completed the pouring of a foundation and were setting up beams made of steel. The site was going to be used for a building spanning more than 20,000 square feet.

The man may be unable to work for a long period of time, depending on the severity of his head injuries. Even if surgery ends up being successful, he may still require months of recovery. Workers’ compensation insurance is helpful in these situations, allowing those who suffer injuries from workplace accidents to have a percentage of their regular income replenished and medical expenses covered. If they are denied the benefits they need and are legally entitled to get, it is within their rights to fight for these benefits in Tennessee.

In addition, in serious construction accidents, an investigation is typically necessary to determine what occurred and to pinpoint any causal factors. In some of these situations, third parties are deemed to have been negligent, such as the manufacturer of safety gear used on the job or a third-party tortfeasor at the work site. In such cases, opportunities may exist for personal injury claims against the third parties.

Source: Herald Tribune, “Worker rushed into surgery after fall at Tervis plant expansion”, Shelby Webb, May 15, 2014

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