An accident can happen to any person, at any time. Whether it is a car accident, a slip and fall or an accident while playing a sport, serious injuries, such as a spinal cord injury, could lead to serious long-term or even life-long disabilities. When the spinal cord is damaged, bone or dislocated vertebra could put pressure on or damage the nerves that run along the spinal cord. The spinal cord acts as a "highway" in the body, with information running from the brain to control body movements.
We all know that construction work can be dangerous. Unlike many other forms of work, construction work zones are often fluid and situations often change and evolve by the week, day or even hour. Workers are often working in construction sites with many unreliable variables, including large equipment and materials that are moving at different places and times. This is why construction accidents are common throughout the United States, including in Texas, where a construction worker is killed on average one every three days.
Each year many workers throughout the United States, including many from Houston, Texas, and the surrounding area, are injured in the workplace. While the types of injuries often vary, some injuries such as neck, back and brain injuries are not uncommon, especially in construction areas.
Suffering a disabling health condition is oftentimes something that Texas residents are not prepared to deal with. When an accident leaves an individual seriously harmed, it can become rather challenging to return to normal life. This is especially true when an individual is unable to work because of a disabling injury. A permanent or temporary disability not only means living with pain and suffering associated with the condition, but also means not being able to afford the basic needs in life. Those living with disabilities often seek out financial support through programs sponsored by the Social Security Administration.
One of the most important organs in the human body is the brain. Due to its location on the human body however, this leaves the brain vulnerable to injury, especially after a slip and fall, being struck by an object, common in construction accidents and sports, or a car accident. It should then come as no surprise that traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs are among the most common injuries in America. According to statistics provided by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs account for nearly one third of all injury deaths in the United States.
Some of the toughest injuries to handle in Social Security are ones that do not have any obvious visible symptoms. One common example of this type of injury is a back injury which does not affect the spinal cord or otherwise manifest itself visibly. However, a person can still be in severe pain even in the absence of any physical symptoms.
Although some might naturally think of a work-related injury as the result of a one-time accident or other occurrence, many Houston, Texas workers, as well as others, may suffer from one of many types of repetitive motion injury. Like most other injuries, Social Security disability benefits may be available so long as a victim can meet the federal requirements in place.
One of the most common causes of back injuries is a herniated disc, which is different from a "hernia." Although this type of back injury is common, it can also lead to a great deal of pain and discomfort and, in the worst cases, be debilitating.
Working residents of Houston, Texas, and especially those who are in jobs that require intensive physical labor, are prone to work-related injuries. Moreover, anyone in the Houston area can get hurt doing just about any life activity, as nothing is perfectly safe. While one can only hope that someone else will be held financially responsible for the ensuing medical bills and inability to work, such is not always the case.
Previous posts on this blog have discussed how Social Security disability benefits for injuries can be a critical part of an injured Houston, Texas, worker's plan for covering the unexpected medical expenses and lost wages following a work-related accident.