Catastrophic Workplace Injuries
While there is always risk for injury, some jobs are more dangerous than others. One of the most dangerous industries, for example, is construction, which is known to cause numerous on-site accidents per year that lead to serious or permanent damage to the accident victim. Any such severe injury can be categorized as a catastrophic injury. In the event that the workplace accident was not a direct result of the employee's negligent or reckless actions, he or she has every right to consult with an Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer to file a workers' compensation claim with their employer.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Catastrophic injuries are typically defined as those that cause a victim long-term permanent damage and necessitate significant alterations to his or her lifestyle. Such injuries are generally caused by sudden, unexpected, and traumatic events. These can lead to numerous complications that can occur well-after the event has taken place.
Catastrophic injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
Such injuries not only require extensive medical treatment, but they can also necessitate rehabilitation and will likely cause the victim to miss a certain amount of work. Further symptoms of these injuries can include amnesia, coma, paralysis, or even brain damage. Victims may need to alter their living environment and be retrained to do their jobs. Don't pay for a catastrophic workplace injury without consulting a lawyer to discuss your options for compensation.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
One type of catastrophic injury that often results from workplace injuries is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). This condition can be immensely painful and should not be taken lightly.
Common symptoms of CRPS include:
- Hypersensitivity to touch
- Lack of mobility
As treatment for this condition can be expensive, it is not uncommon for insurance companies to attempt to undermine the injury and underpay settlements. Mr. Sumrall has helped many clients who have been diagnosed with CRPS following a work injury and can ensure you receive the recovery you need if you have been diagnosed with CRPS or RSD.
Choosing a Doctor
One of the most important decisions in a workers' compensation claim is choosing the right doctor. The workers' compensation carrier does maintain control over the choice of workers' comp doctors to a certain extent. Under Georgia law, workers' compensation claimants are entitled to a one time change of physician from the Employers panel of physicians. If the panel of physicians is invalid, the injured worker can choose a non-panel doctor. In cases where income benefits are paid, you also have the right to a second opinion with any doctor you choose. Attorney Brian Sumrall helps his clients choose doctors who will obtain the best medical outcome.
Hire a Catastrophic Injury Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia
For helpful advice, as well as vigorous representation in case of a workers' comp dispute, call The Law Office of Brian H. Sumrall. Having been named in the 2011-2012 lists of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠, Mr. Sumrall has proven his aptitude as a trial attorney and workers' compensation representative. His knowledgeable team could help you choose the correct legal option and fight for the compensation you deserve after your catastrophic workplace injury. Find out more by speaking with a member of the legal team today.
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