Morehead City Workplace Injuries Lawyers
If you have been hurt on the job, the attorneys at Law Office of Sam Scudder are here to help you. Workplace injuries often have devastating effects on the victim and their family, especially after mounting medical bills and unrelenting monthly financial obligations create additional stress and strain. With painful injuries, expensive medical treatments, and the stress of dealing with everything at once, many families find themselves feeling overwhelmed.
You do not have to deal with the aftermath of your workplace injury alone; Law Office of Sam Scudder can help you. With over 30 years of combined legal experience, we know how to represent your best interests, and we are prepared to fight on your behalf. Workers’ compensation is designed to assist injured employees and their families through the recovery process, and that includes covering your medical bills and lost wages. If you are struggling to receive workers’ compensation after sustaining an injury on the job, you may be in a similar position that hundreds of families find themselves in each year. Law Office of Sam Scudder has successfully proven that workers deserve an appropriate amount of compensation in cases like these in the past, and we are eager to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers understand the challenging situation you are going through. When employers try to discredit your claim, and insurance companies work to protect their profits, it can leave you feeling hopeless. Do not give in to despair, contact Law Office of Sam Scudder today. While we work tirelessly on your case, we will provide you with important updates on our continued progress and the next plan of action. Time is a factor, and you need to file a claim soon. Call us at (252) 222-0227 to speak with us directly or visit our website to fill out a contact form.
Why You Need a Lawyer
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance policies to cover medical expenses and lost wages in order to financially support the injured worker while they recover. However, if there are disagreements between you and your employer—whether it’s about the amount of workers’ compensation, negligent company doctor, or whether you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation at all—you may be forced to seek legal action to secure a stable financial future for you and your family. Some workers may be hesitant to sue their employers, but that should not stop you from obtaining what is rightfully owed to you. Employers are not allowed to retaliate against you for filing a lawsuit. Time is a factor, so it’s important that you file your claim before it is too late. If you have been wrongfully denied workers’ compensation, then you should strongly consider obtaining legal counsel to ensure your rights are protected.
Why Choose Law Office of Sam Scudder
When it comes to protecting the rights of employees in Morehead City and across North Carolina, Law Office of Sam Scudder has the team of lawyers that you want on your side. We are committed to fighting for the greater good and actively participate in North Carolina Advocates for Justice, an association dedicated to protecting people’s rights through advocacy and education. Our team of compassionate lawyers works closely together to provide our clients with a comfortable experience and personalized attention. Nobody wants to work with a law firm that treats you like a number, and we will take the time to learn more about you and your family. We value our clients, and that’s why so many injured workers have turned to Law Office of Sam Scudder when they needed help obtaining compensation after their workplace injury left them unable to work.
We are experienced professionals who have the knowledge to successfully represent your claim and the legal insight to guide you through the entire process. Call us today at (252) 222-0227 to speak with a member of our team, or contact us through our website.
Cases We Handle
Attorneys Samuel A. Scudder is a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, and we are familiar with how to best handle issues with workplace injuries. Although regulations have improved the safety conditions of job sites for employees, workplace injuries are still far too common. If you’ve been injured while working, you may have been told that workers’ compensation is your only means to receive compensation. However, there are many exceptions to this rule, and you may be entitled to pursue a legal claim outside of workers’ compensation for damages caused by your injuries. We represent clients that have been injured through many different circumstances, including:
- Construction Accidents: construction sites are known for their dangerous conditions, but that doesn’t excuse the injuries that take place there.
- Head/Brain Injuries: injuries that affect the head or brain are often some of the most dangerous, many times leading to death.
- Spine Injuries: spinal injuries have the ability to cause significant life changes from the moment they happen.
- Lung Diseases: when you inhale dangerous substances from a worksite, the damages can be incredibly long-term.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries: if you have to perform the same task over and over for your job, it’s likely that you’ll soon hurt yourself and be unable to continue performing that job.
- Occupational Diseases: it’s your employer’s responsibility to prevent the onset of occupational diseases as much as possible.
- Manufacturing Accidents: when an employee isn’t properly trained, any use of machinery can end up hurting them or other employees.
- Transportation Accidents: most on-site vehicles are incredibly bulky and difficult to maneuver, resulting in terrible injuries when accidents happen.
- Office Injuries: even though office work seems to be far safer than physical labor, certain occupational hazards can prevent you from continuing to work the job you were trained for.
- Paraplegia/Quadriplegia: when you end up paralyzed or unable to use certain parts of your body, many jobs become completely unavailable.
Workers’ compensation can ease your financial struggles by providing money and benefits, but as of 2017, the maximum amount that an injured worker can receive is $978 per week. Furthermore, workers’ compensation does not include any compensation for pain and suffering, nor does it punish the employer through punitive damages for hazardous work conditions that were forced upon you. Talking to a skilled workplace injury lawyer may be in your best interest to secure rightful compensation for your suffering.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that all companies provide their employees with safe working conditions to protect their health. When an employer or another party fails to uphold this responsibility, workplace injuries take place. If you have a specific question that is not addressed in this list, please feel free to contact our firm at (252) 222-0227.
What type of employers are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage?
Any company that employs more than three people is required to provide workers’ compensation coverage. If the employer does not carry workers’ compensation, you should report the employer to the NCIC Fraud Section and file Form 18 and Form 33.
Is time a factor?
Yes, timing is very important after you have been injured on the job. Seek immediate medical help, alert your employer within 30 days of the accident, and then speak to an attorney right away.
If my workplace injury was partially my fault, should I still contact a lawyer?
Yes, absolutely. Often, employees in North Carolina feel partially responsible for the injury taking place, but you should not let your good nature prevent you from seeking legal counsel. The employer has the duty to protect their workers, and even if you are partially responsible, your employer may be required to support your recovery financially.
Workplace Injury Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 150 people in North Carolina lost their lives to workplace injuries in 2015. In 2016, 89,000 workers in North Carolina were injured in private and government sectors while on the job. The majority of these workplace injuries occurred in the private sector, and many of these employees were either forced to take time off in order to recover or work with restrictions under a doctor’s orders. Some of these workers did not receive as much compensation as they may have been entitled to because they failed to discuss their options with a qualified law firm. Don’t make the same mistake.
The National Safety Council reports that a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds, which led to a calculated 104,000,000 production days lost due to work-related injuries in 2017. Of the types of injuries contributing to these lost work days, the top three were overexertion, contact with objects and equipment, and slips, trips, and falls. The top five occupations for workplace injuries are service, transportation/shipping, manufacturing/production, installation, maintenance, and repair, and construction. It is your employer’s responsibility to maintain a safe work environment and to have insurance to cover on the job injuries if they do occur. If you are injured in the workplace, don’t let your employer get away without paying you the compensation you deserve.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 24% of all workplace-related deaths in 2016 were related to motor vehicle accidents and that 26% of nonfatal workplace injuries were a result of slips, trips, and falls. In terms of injuries relating to contact with objects and equipment, they reported that 230,000 of these incidents resulted in at least some time away from work.
According to The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the top 10 workplace safety violations for the fiscal year 2018 were
- Fall protection, construction
- Hazard communication standard, general industry
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
- Respiratory protection, general industry
- Control of hazardous energy, general industry
- Ladders, construction
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry
- Fall protection- training requirements
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements
- Eye and Face Protection
Therefore, many of the most preventable workplace injuries in 2018 were a result of issues in the construction industry, particularly involving fall protection and issues with scaffolding, machinery, and eye and face protection. According to OSHA, in 2017 there were 4,674 fatal work injuries within the private industry, and 971 (or 20.7%) of those deaths were in construction-related incidents. More than half of these construction deaths in 2017 were a result of the “fatal four” causes, which include falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. It is the employer’s job to train their employees to be safe on the job and to ensure that job site safety is maintained throughout the duration of a project. If you were injured on the job in one of the ways listed above, or any other reason, do not hesitate to reach out to Law Office of Sam Scudder to fight for the compensation you deserve.
For many working families, taking time away from work can be financially devastating. People depend on their paychecks to support themselves and their loved ones, and having to stay home to heal from an injury sustained in the workplace is sometimes not an option. The wages lost when a worker stays home can come in addition to large hospital bills and emotional trauma. If you or a family member has been injured on the job, don’t let it ruin your finances. Don’t let your employer or your insurance company take advantage of you, instead retain legal counsel to ensure you get the compensation you are owed.
Contact Our Firm
If you or someone you know has suffered a workplace injury, regardless of the severity, you do not have to manage the responsibility on your own. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees in Morehead City and North Carolina, and we are prepared to represent you. Law Office of Sam Scudder has a record of success, and we offer our best to every client. You don’t have to settle for the consequences of your workplace injury, and you deserve to be compensated for your injury. Contact a Morehead City workplace injury lawyer at Law Office of Sam Scudder today by calling (252) 222-0227 and schedule a free consultation.