Raleigh Crush Injury Claim Lawyer
If you’ve suffered a crush injury on the job in the “course and scope” of your employment – or elsewhere as a result of someone else’s negligence – you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits or other compensation for your injuries and damages.
Crush injuries can affect your ability to work, resulting in lost wages and loss of earning potential, and can leave you permanently disabled.
The Raleigh personal injury attorneys at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., help crush injury victims seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. We are ready to help you pursue compensation from all available sources. Here are a few reasons why you should get help from our firm:
- We make attentive client service our priority.
- Our attorneys and staff take pride in treating clients like family.
- We have extensive legal experience standing up for injured people in North Carolina.
- Stability is the hallmark of our firm, with many staff members who have been with the firm for a long time.
- Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys also includes two Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law – Chip Younce and David E. Vtipil.
- Our team of professionals is committed to helping victims of crush injuries.
- Members of the staff speak both English and Spanish.
It costs you absolutely nothing to talk with us about your situation and your legal options. Even if you don’t hire us, you will know your rights.
To learn more about how we can help you with your crush injury claim, contact us now for a free claim review and free advice about your legal options.
How Our Attorneys Can Help Workplace Crush Injury Victims
If you have experienced a crush injury, an attorney can help you seek the full compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and other losses you suffer as a result of the accident.
Depending on the specifics of your injury, that may mean:
- Fighting for fair workers’ compensation benefits for you.
- Appealing workers’ comp decisions if your claim is denied or the compensation is less than it should be.
- Negotiating settlements with insurance companies for accidents outside the workplace.
- Filing a claim or taking a case to trial in order to seek the compensation you need.
Contact a Raleigh work crush injury lawyer at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., who is committed to helping each of our clients secure the benefits they deserve after a serious on-the-job injury.
What Is a Crush Injury?
A crush injury is a common workplace injury, especially on construction sites and in factories, though it can happen in other kinds of accidents as well, like car accidents. A crush injury occurs when excessive force is applied to the body, or when the body is squeezed between two objects.
A crush injury is one of the injuries that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) classifies as a “caught in/between injury.” Caught-in/between injuries are one of the categories of what OSHA has labeled constructions “Fatal Four.” In one recent year, 67 fatalities out of 937 construction deaths were a result of caught in/between injuries.
Crush injuries can also happen in other contexts. They are common in vehicle accidents, building collapses, as a result of a fall, and on premises with heavy falling objects.
Crushing can result in very serious injuries or death because of the devastating impact crush injuries have on the body. Sometimes limbs must be amputated, and muscles can rupture, releasing cellular content and causing kidney failure, embolisms or cardiac arrest.
Kinds of Crush Injuries
When a body part suffers a crush injury, the following damage can result:
- Fractures and shattered bones
- Nerve injury
- Secondary infections
- Compartment syndrome (pressure in arm or leg causes nerve, muscle, tissue, and blood vessel damage)
- Embolisms (blockages in blood vessels and capillaries)
- Kidney failure
- Cardiac arrest
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
After a crush injury, continued follow-ups and treatment by medical professionals are extremely important. Some of the most serious effects of a crush injury may not become apparent until days after the accident.
What to Do If You Are Crushed by Machinery at Work
If you are crushed by machinery at work, the first and most important thing for you to do is to get immediate medical attention. It is possible for you to not have immediate signs of injury beyond bruising or fractures, but be aware that continued monitoring in the days and weeks following your accident is extremely important.
Abnormal blood pressure, kidney failure, and the formation of clots in blood vessels are a few things that may show only in the days following your injury. Even if you seek immediate medical care, make sure you go to a hospital immediately if you start experiencing dizziness, trouble breathing, restlessness, anxiety, or if you pass out during the days and weeks following the accident.
Since your injury should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance, be sure to report the accident to your supervisor as soon as possible in writing within 30 days of your accident.
Employers should file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission, but rather than trust that they file properly, you should file a Form 18 with the Commission and provide a copy of the form to your employer. This form should be filed within 30 days of the accident and must be filed within 2 years of the accident.
An experienced crush injury claim lawyer can help you through the process of filing paperwork and following up to make sure you get the payments and benefits you are entitled to.
Options for Victims of Work-Related Crush Injuries
As a victim of workplace crush injuries, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation if the accident happened within the scope of your duties. Worker’s compensation benefits include medical treatment, reimbursement for mileage, death and funeral benefits for family who lost a loved one in a work-related injury, and wage-replacement benefits.
Wage benefits depend on the severity of your disability, how long you are away from work, and whether or not you suffer a temporary or permanent disability that is partial or total.
Other Crush Injury Accidents
When a crush injury happens outside of work – such as on someone else’s property, in a vehicle accident, or otherwise due to someone else’s negligence – you may have a personal injury claim. Talk to us today to determine if you may have a valid claim. We are passionate about helping accident victims get compensation for their injuries and other losses they suffer.
As part of a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical bills (current and future), loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
Contact Us Now for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered a crush injury in a workplace accident or in an accident that was caused by someone else’s carelessness, an insurance company may try to approach you with a quick settlement offer in hopes of making your case go away quickly and cheaply.
Don’t let them get away paying you less than you deserve. Insurance companies try to pay out as little as possible, and the settlement they offer may not come close to covering your expenses.
At Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., our skilled Raleigh injury attorneys understand exactly how insurance companies operate. We will negotiate aggressively on your behalf and be prepared to present a strong case to a judge and jury if that’s what it takes.
Many people come in for their initial consultation and say “I wish I had known that earlier.” Our consultations are absolutely free. Even if you don’t hire us, we will make sure you are educated on your rights in the situation you are in.
You need full and fair compensation for the damages a crush injury has caused you and your family. Let our attorneys fight for you. Schedule a free consultation now.