Morehead City Head and Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or your loved one has sustained a concussion or other head injury in the workplace, you may be eligible for compensation to cover medical care, lost wages, and more. Some injuries may only cause minor physical harm that heals soon afterward and does not force an employee to miss any time at work. However, other injuries can dramatically alter the entire course and quality of an injured worker’s life. Workers who suffer brain or head injuries are particularly susceptible to more devastating outcomes because of the vital role that the brain plays in virtually every facet of our lives.
If your head or brain injury occurred while at work, you are likely eligible for worker’s compensation. This compensation will be vital to ensuring your quality of life after incurring steep medical bills, missing work, or acquiring a disability after a head injury. While it may seem as simple as filling out a form, worker’s compensation claims can get messy. Sometimes, your employer will not offer you the full amount that you need. Whenever you are embarking on a worker’s compensation claim, you need the help of Law Office of Sam Scudder.
Contact the Morehead City head and brain injury attorneys of Law Office of Sam Scudder at (252) 222-0227 to learn more about your legal options. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning if we don’t win, you don’t pay. So, please do not hesitate to contact our offices for a free, legal consultation. Our attorneys will work one on one with you to help obtain the most compensation available for your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Brain injuries can be severe, often leading to months or years of treatment or permanent disability. They bring huge expenses and serious pain. After a brain injury, you need compensation from the responsible party so that you can afford to pay for all your medical bills, especially if you have been forced to miss work or leave your job entirely. But representing yourself in your claim, particularly while suffering from a brain injury, will not be easy. The law is complex, particularly surrounding workplace injuries, and one mistake could cost you your compensation and leave you alone to deal with it. An attorney understands the laws about brain injuries in the workplace and will be able to ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation that you deserve, all while you relax and focus on your recovery.
Why Choose Us?
The lawyers at Law Office of Sam Scudder are board-certified specialists in worker’s compensation law, so you can rest assured that we know what we are doing. We have decades of experience putting our expertise to work for our clients. At Law Office of Sam Scudder, you and your case will receive personal attention to ensure that every unique detail is accounted for. You will be kept up to date on all the developments of your case, so you will never feel lost, confused, or out of the loop. We are dedicated to getting you the most compensation possible, quickly and painlessly.
Causes of Head or Brain Injuries at Work
Although employers attempt to provide a safe working environment for their employees, work-related head or brain injuries still occur. Head or brain injuries may occur at any job site and may be caused by a variety of accidents, including:
- Falls: Falls at job sites may occur from roofs, raised heights, scaffolding, or ladders. Falls may cause lacerations to the head which require stitches or sutures for the worker.
- Falling Objects: Falling objects that are not properly secured may injure workers. These items may include tools, equipment, and construction materials. If you are struck in the head with a hard object, serious head or brain injuries may occur, even if you are wearing a hard hat or an appropriate safety uniform.
- Electrocutions: Workers are often electrocuted while at work, resulting in serious head or brain injuries. Electrocutions account for almost 10 percent of all work-related head or brain injuries.
- Equipment Accidents: Heavy machinery, such as cranes, forklifts, and other equipment, may injure workers, causing serious head or brain injuries.
- Fires and Explosions: Highly flammable liquids may explode, or pipes may burst, causing head and brain injuries to workers.
- Building Collapses: Workers are sometimes required to demolish buildings that may cause serious accidents and injuries to workers.
If you have experienced an accident like these at work, you are likely eligible for worker’s compensation. A worker’s compensation lawyer from Law Office of Sam Scudder can help you fill out the forms to ensure they are done correctly and processed efficiently. They can then examine the offer to ensure you are being given what you deserve and, if not, they can fight for your rightful compensation.
Brain Injuries and Effects
Brain injuries are a very real threat whenever the head comes into contact with another object, or when the brain is violently jostled by a sudden movement. Brain and head injuries may include or result in the following:
- Concussions: Concussions are caused by blows or violent shaking of the head. At times, you may lose consciousness after a concussion. Effects from a concussion can include headaches, memory loss, and loss of concentration, balance, and coordination.
- Contusions: Contusions occur when a blow to the head damages blood vessels. The raised area on the head results from blood leaking into tissue on the head and the body’s response to the blow. The raised area of the head after a head injury is often referred to as ecchymosis.
- Hematomas: Hematomas occur when there is a solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues found in the head. Hematomas of the skin or tissue may be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
- Penetration Injuries: Penetration injuries occur when an object pierces the skin and enters the tissue of the body, creating an open wound. Penetration injuries may be more severe, as the risk of infection may also occur.
- Memory Loss: The loss of memory after a head injury is often referred to as a post-traumatic amnesia. Memory loss can last for a few minutes to months, depending on the severity of your head or brain injury.
- Cognitive Impairment: After a head or brain injury, you may have issues with learning, problem-solving, speech and language, memory loss, and concentration. These symptoms may last for days or even months.
- Hemorrhage: A hemorrhage is uncontrolled bleeding that may occur around the space of your brain. Hemorrhages may cause headaches and vomiting. The severity of hemorrhages depends on the amount of bleeding that is occurring within the brain and the buildup of pressure on the brain.
Head or brain injuries are difficult to assess by just looking at the injury. Minor injuries may bleed, while more serious injuries may not. It is important to seek medical treatment after a head or brain injury at work because the longer your injury remains untreated, the more serious the injury may become. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, please consult with a medical professional and contact Law Office of Sam Scudder for legal advice.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, Law Office of Sam Scudder will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our expert attorneys will pursue justice and negotiate with the insurance company to ensure that you are offered a fair settlement.
You may be entitled to damages for your current and future medical expenses, loss of consortium, and loss of earnings. If your employer acted intentionally or failed to meet certain safety thresholds, you may also recover for punitive damages. If you or a loved one has sustained a head or brain injury at work, contact a Morehead City head and brain injury lawyer from Law Office of Sam Scudder today at (252) 222-0227 or by chatting with a live representative.