Get Answers to These FAQs We Hear the Most
We know how many questions you must have right now about your personal injury or workers' comp case, so we compiled this list of the questions we hear the most. If you have a question that is not answered here, please call our Columbia law office to speak with Kenneth Berger.
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How can I tell if my loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident? He doesn’t seem quite the same.
You have good reason to be concerned about your loved one right now. Even when motorcyclists wear a helmet, they are still not immune to traumatic brain injuries from a crash.
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to very severe, so if there's an indication someone you love may have brain damage, he needs to see a doctor right away. If the first doctor you see says that nothing is wrong, don't be afraid to get a second opinion—only you and your loved one can truly know that something doesn't seem right and needs to be fixed.
Symptoms of a Motorcycle Brain Injury
There are various symptoms that could be an indication that some sort of brain injury has occurred:
- Emotional Signs: Depression, anxiety, irritability, irrational anger, personality changes
- Physical and Behavioral Signs: Changes in sleeping (sleeping too long, not being able to sleep, not being able to wake up), dizziness, nausea or vomiting, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, ringing ears, sensitivity to light or sound, changes in appetite
- Cognitive Signs: Inability to concentration, memory loss, disorientation
This is not an exhaustive list, so even if your loved one has symptoms that are not here, you should still consider seeing a doctor. If it is determined that he does indeed have a TBI and it was caused by the negligence of another person, you are also going to want to contact a brain injury attorney in Columbia.
Speak to a Columbia Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Today
Injuries from motorcycle crashes in South Carolina are often severe and leave the injured person and their friends and family anxious about the future and adjusting to life with a brain injury. We know that the last thing you want to worry about is how you're going to cover medical bills and lost wages as you move forward with treatment and rehabilitation. That's where an injury lawyer can help: we'll worry about your case, so you can focus on healing.
Here at the Law Office of Kenneth Berger, our experienced accident attorneys can help answer questions, deal with the insurance companies, negotiate reduced medical liens, and guide you toward justice. Contact us today for a free consultation at 803-790-2800 or by using the live chat feature below.
How Can I figure Out if My Employer Has South Carolina Workers' Compensation Insurance?
The South Carolina workers' compensation system is complicated enough, but some employers make it even harder by ignoring the law. Some companies can be outwardly hostile, while others choose the passive route and attempt to avoid reporting your injury. This can be a sign that an employer who should be carrying workers' comp is not.
First, figure out if your employer is required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Under South Carolina law, an employer who regularly employs four or more people is required to have coverage. That does not mean it has to be the same four people all the time, but rather that the company generally has four or more individuals who could call themselves employees. Exceptions to this rule may include the agricultural, railroad, and real estate industries.
If you believe that your employer is obligated to carry a workers' compensation policy, and are afraid the company might not have it, you can check the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission's website. This site allows you to determine whether the business has coverage. If you have any trouble navigating that site, call my office and we will help you over the phone.
Likewise, many employees who are hurt on the job benefit from having a lawyer guide them through their claim. When you hire a workers' comp attorney, much of your stress and uncertainty should be removed, as you now have someone to protect your rights. Rather than having to worry over legal issues, you are allowed to focus on getting well and moving forward.
For answers and guidance, contact my Columbia office at (803) 790-2800. I am here to help.