Suffering a serious head wound or concussion at work can mean having to take some time away from your job to recover. While you are out of work, you may not be able to support your family and yourself, and it may become difficult to cover your medical expenses. Fortunately, North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system is designed to cover your medical care if you were injured at work, and it allows you to continue receiving a paycheck.
For a free consultation on your workplace injury case, contact the head injury workers’ comp lawyers at The Ramsay Law Firm today. Our attorney can help you file for workers’ compensation and fight to get you the maximum benefits you need to get back on your feet. For your free consultation, call our law offices today at (704) 376-1616.
Workers’ Comp for Head Injuries in NC
If you suffered a serious head injury at work, you may be entitled to file for workers’ compensation. The North Carolina workers’ compensation system is the first option that injured workers should turn to after a workplace injury or when suffering from a work-related medical condition. Many workplace accidents involve tripping or falling, and it is common to suffer head injuries after accidents like this. In many cases, the injuries may have temporary results, but you may still need to miss work. In more serious cases, traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in permanent loss of motor function, memory problems, loss of senses, and other disabilities. If you will miss work for a prolonged period, or if you are so injured that you cannot work, workers’ comp may pay for your lost earnings.
Workers’ compensation is an alternative to lawsuits. While a lawsuit can compensate you for pain and suffering and other injuries, winning a court battle requires proving that the responsible party was somehow negligent in causing your injuries. Workers’ comp, instead, supports injured workers regardless of whether the employer was at-fault.
The benefits from workers’ comp often involve payments for medical expenses and wage-loss damages to help support you while you cannot work. The medical benefits are often paid on an ongoing basis, and workers’ compensation will continue to pay for any necessary treatments tied to the workplace injury. Replacement wages usually total up to 66 2/3% of your normal weekly wage, subject to some limitations. These wages may be paid for certain “scheduled” periods depending on the injury.
Head injuries and concussions are not considered “scheduled” injuries. There are set limitations for head injuries that cause disfigurement under the Workers’ Compensation Act, which limits payments to $20,000. However, more serious injuries that cause problems with brain function, memory, motor function, and other issues may lead to much higher damages. In many cases, serious head injuries may even be considered permanent disabilities.
If you are able to recover and return to work, you may be entitled to some ongoing benefits if you have medical limitations. Many brain injuries may prevent full recovery, in which case you can receive “partial permanent disability” (PPD) benefits. This means if you are forced to take a lower-paying job or job with medical restrictions, you may be able to get workers’ comp payments to help make up for the difference in pay.
Compensation for On-The-Job Head and Skull Injuries in North Carolina
If you or a loved one suffered serious head injuries, concussions, or traumatic brain injury in a workplace accident, talk to an attorney. The workers’ compensation system may be able to help take care of your recovery, but getting coverage may sometimes mean hiring a lawyer to help you. The workers’ compensation system can be confusing, and there are dozens of rules and restrictions that may risk cancelling your workers’ comp benefits. An attorney can help you navigate the system and maximize your compensation.
There may also be opportunities to sue instead of using workers’ comp. The workers’ comp system is mandatory for many injuries, but if your employer allowed extremely dangerous conditions, a coworker intentionally harmed you, or your employer does not have workers’ comp insurance, you may be able to file a lawsuit instead. This could entitle you to additional damages for your pain and suffering. It may also entitle you to punitive damages – extra damages to punish your employer for serious negligence. Talk to an attorney today to explore your options.
North Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyers Can Help if You Suffered Brain or Head Injuries
Suffering from a severe head injury may lead to confusion, memory problems, and issues with motor skills that may make returning to work impossible. If you need help paying your medical bills and supporting your family while you are injured, contact a workers’ comp lawyer today. The Charlotte workers’ comp attorneys at The Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., represent injured workers and their families on brain and head injury cases. For a free consultation with our attorneys, contact our law offices today at (704) 376-1616.