Morehead City Spine Injuries Lawyers
If you injured your spine while at work, Law Office of Sam Scudder can help you get compensation. When your spinal cord is injured, it can destroy your ability to move and experience sensations like touch and temperature changes. An injury to your spine in the lower back is likely to cause a loss of feeling and function in your legs. If the injury to your spine is near the neck, you may lose all function in your arms and legs.
If you have injured your spine at work, you may no longer be able to enjoy the activities you once took for granted. You may also not be able to work. The relationships with family members or friends may be impacted since you will no longer live the life you had before your spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries require extensive medical treatment, and you may require assistance for basic functions such as bathing or dressing.
If your injury was the result of negligence on the part of your employer, you have a legal right to pursue compensation for your injuries. If benefits are awarded on your behalf, the insurance carrier for your employer will cover medical treatment expenses and will compensate you for lost time wages. If you are now facing life with a spine injury due to a work accident, contact a Morehead City spine injuries attorney from Law Office of Sam Scudder today at (252) 222-0227 to discuss your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Worker’s compensation claims can be complicated. The laws surrounding worker’s compensation are complex, and it can be difficult to understand what compensation you need, what you can ask for, and what your options are. Navigating these laws can be especially hard if you are suffering from a spine injury. Hiring an attorney who is experienced in the world of worker’s compensation can take all this stress off your shoulders. Lawyers know how to calculate what compensation you deserve and how to file the necessary paperwork properly. They will also know the best course of action for you if your employer does not offer you as much compensation as you need. For the best chance of receiving the money that you need in this difficult time, you need the help of a worker’s compensation lawyer.
Why Choose Law Office of Sam Scudder?
At Law Office of Sam Scudder, our priority is to get you the compensation you deserve with as little stress on your end as possible. Our attorneys are board-certified experts in worker’s compensation law, so we know exactly what your case will take. No matter what your situation is, we can figure out the proper course of action we need to take to get you the money you need after your accident. We have decades of experience doing exactly this kind of work, so you can relax knowing we are on your side.
Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries in the Workplace
A worker may suffer spinal cord injuries at work under a variety of circumstances, including:
- Construction accidents: Construction sites are dangerous places to be employed at, and workers are more likely to sustain spinal cord injuries at these sites. Workers may be injured from moving vehicles, falls from buildings, and operating heavy machinery.
- Slip and Falls: Workers employed at restaurants may be injured due to slippery floors. If a worker slips and falls at work, spinal cord injuries may be sustained.
- Falling Objects: Loose tools in high places, unsecured cargo, or overloading cranes or pulleys may cause heavy objects to fall and injure workers, resulting in serious spinal cord injuries.
- Vehicle Accidents: Workers required to drive vehicles at work may be involved in motor vehicle accidents that result in spinal cord injuries.
- Lifting Heavy Objects: Many employers require workers to lift heavy objects every day. Lifting heavy objects on a repeat basis may cause short or long-term injuries to spinal cords.
If you have sustained spinal cord injuries by any of the mentioned causes, you may be entitled to compensation to help you recover from your injuries. Obtaining them, however, could be difficult if you do not have an experienced spinal cord injury lawyer on your side.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Doctors divide spinal cord injuries into multiple categories. First, injuries can be complete or incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries cause a total loss of motion and sensation below the site of injury, while incomplete injuries allow some movement and feeling. Additionally, the nerves in the spinal cord can be damaged in several different ways, including:
- Concussion: A sudden jolt to the spine that typically only causes a temporary loss of movement or sensation.
- Contusion: A bruise that occurs inside the backbone which places potentially paralyzing pressure on the nerves.
- Compression: Compression occurs as something presses into the nerves, such as a herniated disc or a foreign object.
- Tear: Tears happens when the nerves are partially sheared, causing injuries to the spinal cord.
- Cut: Cut is the technical term for when the nerves are fully severed and severely impact the function of the spinal cord on the body.
- Cervical injury: A neck injury to the nerves located in the back of the head. A cervical injury may paralyze most of the body.
- Lumbar: A lower back injury affecting the nerves may prevent the normal function of your legs.
- Sacral Injury: This is the lowest section of the spine, where an injury can affect nerves to the thighs or genitals.
Spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete. If your spinal cord injury is complete, you have no motor or sensory function in the lower section of the spine. Therefore, any function below that level is lost. If your spinal cord injury is incomplete, you will have some sensation or function below the level of your injury. Spinal cord injuries may worsen over time if you do not seek medical treatment immediately. Therefore, do not postpone your treatment. Seek medical treatment as soon as you can.
In handling spinal cord injuries, our attorneys will work with your doctor to help determine the short and long-term consequences of your injury. Spinal cord injuries may be so severe that you may experience a loss of mobility or impaired speech and vision. We will also determine life-care planning if your injury is serious and determine the financial resources you will require for a lifetime of hardship.
Does My Injury Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
A spinal cord injury may occur in any profession, but there are certain types of jobs that pose more serious risks to the spine and injury is more likely to occur. These include landscapers, construction workers, warehouse workers, mechanics, servers, bartenders, and others. There are specific workplace safety protocols that employers must follow, and when these protocols are not followed, injuries are more likely to occur. However, regardless of the protocols set in place to limit the amount of weight a worker may have to lift, injuries may still occur.
Back injuries vary in type and severity. If a worker has sustained injuries to the spine due to lifting, pulling or carrying, they may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. Workers compensation is a system that provides financial assistance to cover for medical expenses and lost wages. Our attorneys are well-versed in the worker’s compensation system and will work diligently to help you recover the benefits you deserve.
All of the mentioned injuries to the spine can be extremely painful to the victim and will render a worker immobile while they recuperate. Spinal cord injuries often require surgery, pain medication, and lengthy physical therapy treatment. Medical treatment for spinal cord injuries results in burdensome medical bills and long absences from work, resulting in lost wages. When you are on the job, your fellow workers, as well as the company itself, must work hard to prevent potentially dangerous situations. However, if you suffer from a spinal injury while at work, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact a Morehead City workplace injury lawyer from Law Office of Sam Scudder at (252) 222-0227 or by chatting with a live representative on our website.