As a Georgia construction worker, you know you face many risks each day on your various job sites. One of your biggest risks is that of falling from the roofs, scaffolding and ladders on which you must do so much of your work. And falls represent the most prevalent cause of traumatic brain injuries, serious head injuries that cause your brain to begin malfunctioning in some manner.

Not surprisingly, your TBI risk increases with every passing year that you age while continuing to work construction. Your risk likewise increases if the company for which you work is a small one that employs fewer than 25 workers.

TBI consequences

If you sustain a TBI, this catastrophic injury could change the course of your life. How so? Remember, your brain controls your entire body. Depending on the precise nature and severity of your TBI, you could suffer any number of temporary or permanent disabilities, including speech impairments, blindness and the inability to think clearly and coherently.

Initial TBI symptoms

Any head injury can be serious. Never assume you sustained only a minor “bump on the head” when you fall. Seek immediate medical attention. Only a trained, experienced head trauma specialist can determine if you received a TBI and treat you for it if you did.

Also remember that you may not exhibit immediate symptoms when you suffer a TBI. Unfortunately, it may take days or even weeks for your symptoms to appear, leaving you in a temporary state of supposed good health. So even if you fail to receive a TBI diagnosis initially, be on the lookout for any of the following symptoms after your accidental fall:

  • Difficulties seeing properly
  • Difficulties hearing properly
  • Difficulties speaking properly
  • Difficulties walking
  • Difficulties thinking
  • Difficulties maintaining a positive, upbeat mindset

Also watch out for any personality changes such as unusual but persistent bouts of depression, anxiety, anger, etc. If your family tells you that you seem to have changed since your injury, take their assessment seriously and schedule a further appointment with your doctor to undergo additional TBI testing.