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4 construction accident injuries that have lifelong impacts on victims

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Construction accidents

New York City is renowned for its skyline, which is attributable to the efforts of construction workers and their tireless work in erecting skyscrapers and buildings that define the city’s iconic silhouette. However, behind the grandeur of New York City’s skyline lie the harsh realities of construction work, wherein accidents can occur with devastating consequences.

Construction accidents are a daily risk that workers have to contend with and unfortunately, some of these accidents result in injuries that have lifelong impacts on victims, altering their life experience and livelihoods in profound ways. The following are among the most common.

Spinal cord injuries

Construction accidents such as falls from heights, being struck by falling objects or accidents involving heavy machinery can lead to severe spinal cord damage. These injuries often result in partial or complete paralysis, loss of sensation and impaired motor function below the site of the injury. Victims of spinal cord injuries may require lifelong medical care, rehabilitation and assistance with daily tasks, drastically altering their mobility and independence.

Severe burns and disfigurement

The construction industry involves working with various hazardous materials, such as chemicals, hot metals and flammable substances which puts workers at risk of severe burns and disfigurement. Accidents such as fires, explosions or contact with hot surfaces can result in extensive burns causing permanent scarring, tissue damage and disfigurement. Beyond the physical pain and limitations, victims of severe burns often endure emotional trauma and psychological distress due to their altered appearance.

Traumatic brain injuries and loss of limbs

Some accidents on construction sites involve heavy machinery malfunctions, structural collapses or incidents where workers are caught between moving parts leading to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and traumatic amputations. TBIs can result in cognitive impairments, memory loss and mood disorders, significantly affecting the victim’s ability to work and engage in daily activities. The loss of a limb not only entails immediate physical challenges but also long-term consequences including the need for prosthetic devices, ongoing medical care and extensive rehabilitation.

In the event that you suffer a construction site injury that may result in life-altering impacts, you may benefit from seeking legal guidance in order to pursue compensation and support.