Medical Attention for Injured Construction Workers in the Dallas Area
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a shocking one out of five work-related fatalities takes place in at construction sites. Specifically, in 2014, 899 construction workers lost their lives on the job – representing over 20 percent of all worker fatalities across the country and across all industries. On top of that, thousands of construction workers suffered serious workplace injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to broken bones to back and neck injuries.
Construction workers have a tough, physical, and necessarily dangerous job. Even with all safety precautions in place, accidents can and do happen. In addition, overuse and repetitive motion injuries can sideline a worker just as much as an acute injury can.
At Work Injury MD, we are committed to helping construction workers heal, regain their strength, and get back to work. Our board-certified doctor only sees patients who have been injured on the job, and has the knowledge and experience that you need to get back on the path to recovery, pain-free and worry-free.
To schedule a consultation with our doctor, or to ask a question about our clinic’s services, please book a consultation.
Common Causes Of Construction Worker Accidents & Injuries
Construction accidents can happen in an almost infinite number of ways, but the most dangerous causes of serious construction worker injuries and fatalities have been dubbed the “Fatal Four” by OSHA. They are:
- Falls. A shocking 40 percent of construction worker fatalities are due to falls from height. These falls can have many causes, including a lack of safety harnesses, defective scaffolding, other unsafe practices, and worker errors. Falls can result in a very wide range of injuries, from broken bones and sprains to catastrophic back, neck, and head injuries.
- Electrocutions. Construction work also mean wiring work – work that can involve high voltages and unsafe conditions. A defective part, a human error, or a safety violation can lead to an electrocution, which can cause burns, internal injuries, and death. Eight percent of construction worker fatal accidents are caused by electrocution.
- Struck by an object. About eight of one hundred fatal construction site accidents involve a falling object. This object could be as small as a hammer or as large as a steel beam or crane. Workers can protect against falling objects by wearing hard hats and paying attention to dangerous work zones, but some falling object injuries are caused by employee safety violations. The most common injury sustained in a falling object accident is a traumatic brain injury.
- Caught in or between. About four percent of all deadly construction accidents are caused by being caught in or compressed by equipment objects or by being struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material. Examples of this type of accident include being caught between a piece of heavy machinery and the building structure or being crushed by a collapsing basement wall during construction. If an accident victim survives, head injuries, back injuries, and internal injuries are common.
In addition to these four major types of construction worker accidents, there are many other common ways that workers may become injured:
- Motor vehicle accidents.
- Drowning accidents.
- Scaffolding accidents.
- Ladder accidents.
- Backover accidents.
- Trench collapse and building collapse accidents.
- Fires and explosions.
At Work Injury MD, we offer a full-range medical clinic designed to help workers with all aspects of their on-the-job injury, from understanding your injury, to managing your pain, to helping you recover through thoughtful and thorough treatment.
Common Texas Construction Worker Injuries
Because there are common ways that construction workers are injured on the job, it is no surprise that there are also some injuries that are more common than others. The most common construction worker injuries in Texas include:
- Traumatic head injuries. Both falls and falling objects can result in traumatic head injuries (TBI), which can range from a mild concussion to a fatal blow. Even though most construction workers wear hardhats, and even though most construction sites guard against falling hazards, these injuries are still relatively common.
- Hand injuries. Construction workers work with their hands, so it is no surprise that hands and wrists are injured all too often on job sites. Broken fingers, dislocated thumbs, lost digits, cuts, and contusions are just a few of the common issues that we see at our clinic.
- Neck and back injuries. Neck and back injuries can be caused by one-time accidents or by overuse issues, such as too much or improper lifting. But, no matter how they occur, these injuries – such as bulging discs and pinched nerves – can cause serious health issues, such as immobilization and chronic pain.
- Crushed limbs. Construction necessarily deals with both large objects (such as beams and boards) and heavy machinery. It is no surprise that these objects sometimes swing or fall out of control, crushing workers. Crushed limb injuries can result in amputations or broken bones.
- Burns. Construction sites are prone to electrical accidents, fires, and even explosions. These accidents can result in construction worker burns – painful injuries that can require plastic surgery, long recovery times, and scarring.
- Hearing loss. A significant number of construction workers suffer hearing loss due to their jobs, either from a one-time accident, such as an explosion, or from longtime exposure to loud noises, such as loud machinery. Job-related hearing loss is usually covered by workers’ compensation.
- Overuse injuries. Many construction workers engage in the same movements for extended periods of time or spend hours or days lifting heavy objects repeatedly. These strenuous, repetitive tasks can lead to painful and debilitating overuse injuries, such as slipped discs and carpal tunnel syndrome.
These are far from the only injuries suffered by construction workers. No matter how you were hurt while on your work site, or how badly you were hurt, our full-range medical clinic can help you back onto your feet.
How We Help Injured Texas Construction Workers
At Work Injury MD, our clinic is designed to help all Texas workers, including construction workers, get the medical assistance they need, from the care they need on the day of their accident, to the therapy and treatment that they may need days, weeks, and months down the road. We offer the following services to construction workers from Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding areas:
- Acute care.
- Long-term care.
- Consultations and diagnostic tests.
- Pain management.
- Physical therapy.
We are happy to provide workers with a second opinion, to see them directly after an accident, and to help patients throughout their recovery.
Injured Construction Workers & Securing Workers’ Compensation In Texas
Here is a frightening statistic: Texas leads the country in construction worker death rates – in other words, construction workers are in more danger in Texas while on the job than in any other state in the Union.
Here is another fact: Texas is the only state that does not require most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If your employer does have workers’ compensation insurance, after a workplace injury, you can file a claim to get the financial support that you need while you are recovering and out of work. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to file an injury claim in order to collect damages if your employer was to blame for your health conditions.
When you are injured on a job site as a construction worker, it is vitally important to know your rights as a worker, and whether or not your employer holds workers’ compensation insurance. It is also important to understand the steps you need to take immediately after an accident:
- Seek medical assistance immediately.
- File an accident report with your employer as soon as you are able.
- Collect any evidence related to your accident, including witness information.
- Track all of your medical care carefully.
- Follow all of your doctors’ orders and follow up with specialists.
- Report any symptoms that appear after your initial medical exam.
- Seek a second opinion if necessary.
While we can help you answer basic questions about workers’ compensation claims for federal workers as well as workers employed by private companies, a Texas workers’ compensation attorney will be able to help you with more complex questions.
Walk The Path To Better Health By Consulting With Our Work Injury Medical Team
We understand how a workplace injury can turn your life upside down. We know that it can put your career as a construction worker at risk, put your long-term physical health into question, and endanger your finances. Most of all, we know that it can harm your quality of life – from how you sleep, to which recreational activities you can participate in, to your relationship with your partner.
We are dedicated to helping construction workers feel well again. We treat each of our patients with care, consideration, and compassion. Please fill out our quick electronic contact form, located on our Contact Us page, to find out more about our services, speak to our doctor, or schedule a consultation. We will get back to you as soon as possible.