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Common Construction Injuries that Qualify as Long Island Work Injuries

Posted by attorney Edward Lake

Working with a variety of equipment and materials, construction injuries are unfortunately consistent problems for construction workers in New York. A construction accident attorney in Long Island can often file claims for hurt workers when they want retribution.

Construction Injuries: Fractures

Broken bones are a common type of work injury. Although fractures aren’t generally considered to be serious, it does depend on the type of break. Examples include broken wrists, ankles, pelvis, backs and shattered heel bone.

The nature of the break is what determines what type of fracture it is, non-displaced or displaced. In a non-displaced fracture, the bone may or may not break all the way through. However, the bone remains in place and can move.

In a displaced fracture, the bone breaks into two or more parts. As a result, the bones don’t maintain proper alignment. An even more severe displaced break is a comminuted fracture, in which the bone shatters into fragments.

Fractures are either closed or open. If the bone breaks but there is no injury to the skin, it is considered to be closed. If a bone protrudes through the skin, it is considered to be open. An open fracture also increases the risk of the person developing an infection.

When a break is severe, there is the risk of complications, including infection in the tissue and bone, along with damage to the nerves and blood vessels. When fractures are serious, healing can take several months.

Some of these breaks (such as to the pelvis and back) are many times a result of falling. Fall accidents oftentimes leads to multiple breaks, which can make the healing process longer and possibly result in disability.

Other Types of Construction Injuries

Tears in the rotator cuff, cartilage and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are another common type of construction injury. The severity of damage can be mild, moderate or severe.

Mild to moderate tears may require nothing more than rest and special exercises, or may also require surgery, which can then lead to months of rehabilitation.

Construction injuries can also cause hip and knee problems. Hip problems can include fractures, dislocations and strains.

Injuries of the knee depend on where the damage is located. It can affect ligaments, cartilage, tendons, muscles and bone. If the injury is severe, knee replacement surgery may be required.

Herniated discs are another common type of construction accident injuries. This is a result of a disc in the spine bulging or breaking open. Herniated discs may press against nerves, causing pain. It can take weeks or months of healing from a herniated disc. Rest, physical therapy, medication (to treat swelling and pain), and sometimes surgery are types of treatment.

Neck injuries can include strains or sprains. However, the pain from this type of injury can spread into other parts of the body such as the head, jaws, shoulders and arms.

Depending on the type of injury, pain medication, physical therapy or a cervical collar may be required. When damage is severe, surgery could be necessary.

Although injuries sustained on-the-job generally result in filing a workers’ compensation claim, there are situations in which a third party may be responsible. This could stem from negligence of a site owner, an independent contractor or a sub-contractor. Talking with a New York construction accident attorney in Long Island at Gacovino, Lake & Associates can help injured workers understand their legal rights and options after suffering from construction injuries.

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