on a university building and was on a scaffolding bridge when he fell approximately 70 feet. While he has had the past couple years to recover, he is still plagued by frequent headaches and dizziness. The traumatic brain injury that he sustained has likely interfered with his ability to work and it is unclear as to whether he has been able to hold down a job since that terrifying fall.
Construction accidents are a regular threat for Colorado workers. Unfortunately, the risk of injury or death for some Colorado employees is still quite high. For those construction workers who sustain traumatic work-related head injuries, the effects can still be felt long after the rest of the body has healed. From pain to loss of intellectual ability, brain injuries can cause tremendous upheaval in an injured worker’s life. Fortunately, however, anyone injured in a workplace accident can receive workers’ compensation to cover their medical bills.
In this story, the 42-year-old employee was working with five other men on a piece of scaffolding when it fell. The scaffolding had only been put up the day before and it fell apart within a few hours of the construction workers using it. It is not entirely clear why it collapsed or whether there were other factors that contributed to the equipment failure, but it is certain that the construction worker was severely injured in the fall.
In addition to his traumatic brain injuries, the construction worker also broke his elbow. Both of these injuries could easily lead to temporary or permanent disabilities and, thus, workers’ compensation funds. Had this accident occurred in Colorado, it would have been important for the injured employee to reach out to a workers’ compensation attorney for assistance in applying for these important benefits.
Source: WBNG 12 Action News, “Man Awarded $2 Million After Accident,” Matt Porter and Alexis Bullard, Oct. 31, 2012
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