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Texas construction worker injured in elevator incident

According to EMS officials in Austin, a construction worker suffered critical injuries after he was pinned by an elevator at a construction site on April 9. The incident occurred at the Colorado Tower building in downtown Austin a little past 10 a.m. Emergency personnel rushed the man to the University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment of injuries officials described as life-threatening.

The construction accident was the result of the elevator being activated while employees were inside the elevator shaft removing old radio communications towers, according to emergency medical responders. Reportedly, the man's head was crushed between concrete in the shaft and the steel elevator.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived to the scene to commence an investigation that officials said would take around six months to complete. According to a representative with The Workers Defense Project, over 20 percent of Austin's construction workers have been injured on the job. The representative claims that Texas is the most dangerous state in the country for construction workers, with 126 construction fatalities in 2012.

A traumatic brain injury may leave a person incapable of returning to work and in need of full-time care. In some cases, individuals who have suffered a TBI may require multiple surgeries, intensive care and extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation. Thus, in addition to a lifetime of lost wages, a person with a significant TBI may incur expensive medical bills.

An attorney with a background in workers' compensation cases may obtain compensation to pay for such financial damages. The attorney may accomplish this by negotiating with the worker's employer and insurer or by litigating the grievance in civil court.

Source: KXAN, "Worker hospitalized after being pinned in elevator shaft", Jackie Vega and Omar Lewis, April 09, 2014

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