Individuals who work on pipelines have a tough job, both because of the hard physical work they do and because they need to constantly be aware of possible injury-causing hazards. It is tough to give a job your all when in the back of your mind, you know that you could be seriously injured or even killed in an instant. One type of injury these workers are sometimes affected by are pipeline-related traumatic brain injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are contributing factors to a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States.


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur for any number of reasons while a worker is constructing or maintaining a pipeline; a machine could malfunction, an explosion could happen or a fellow worker may accidentally drop a heavy piece of equipment. If there is any type of situation where a pipeline worker's head is bumped, jolted or hit, they could suffer a TBI—even if the bump isn't "that hard." A penetrating head injury can also disrupt the normal function of the brain. The most common type of TBI is a concussion and is generally considered mild. However, a pipeline worker will usually suffer a more severe type of TBI simply because of the nature of their job.


A severe TBI can change a pipeline worker's life forever – not just physically, but mentally as well. They may suffer short or long term problems like impaired coordination, balance issues, trouble with the senses—hearing, vision and touch— loss of memory, trouble paying attention, depression, anxiety, impulse control and personality changes.


If you or someone you love was seriously injured because of a dangerous pipeline, contact The Girards Law Firm today for a free consultation at 888-333-9709. We’re here to help.