Charlotte Brain Injury Attorneys
Compassionate Representation for Victims of Brain Injuries in Charlotte
A brain injury can change your life. When your injury happened at work or was caused by another person or organization’s negligence, you deserve dependable legal representation that can help ensure you receive just compensation for medical treatment, lost income, and other losses.
At Stewart Law Offices, we have recovered millions* for our clients and are ready to put our extensive experience, skills, and resources to work for you. Whether your situation calls for personal injury litigation or a workers’ compensation claim, our Charlotte brain injury lawyers are driven to maximize what you recover and help relieve your financial burden. One of our attorneys is happy to travel to your home or the hospital where you are being treated if you are unable to come to us. We will thoroughly review your legal options and give you the information you need to make an informed decision.
No matter the complexity of your situation, our team is committed to fighting for you and confident we have what it takes to try to secure a favorable outcome.
We charge no fees unless we win money for you.
How Brain Injuries Happen in Charlotte
Not all brain injuries are caused by explosive car wrecks or similarly catastrophic scenarios. Even a seemingly insignificant bump or blow to the head has the potential to cause a serious brain injury. Brain injuries can also happen when a foreign object, such as a dislodged automobile component, enters the skull and makes physical contact with the brain.
Life-altering brain injuries are frequently caused by:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slips and falls
- Tractor-trailer accidents
- Workplace accidents
Long-Term Health Consequences of Brain Injuries
The effects of a brain injury are not always immediately apparent, which is why it is in your best interest to seek a complete medical evaluation after you receive any kind of blow to the head. Some of the worst potential consequences of certain brain injuries can be avoided or mitigated if promptly treated. More severe conditions will likely cause permanent consequences that will require ongoing care.
Long-term health impacts of brain injuries may include:
- Cognitive issues, including problems with concentration or memory
- Motor skill impairments, including problems with speaking or walking
- Behavioral changes, including the onset of depression and other mental health problems
- Sensory difficulties, including the loss of hearing or vision or heightened sensitivity to stimuli
- Loss of stamina or energy
Recovering Damages for Brain Injuries in a North Carolina Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you sustained a brain injury in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Charlotte brain injury attorneys can help you file a lawsuit against the negligent party, if necessary. We will work to demonstrate the defendant owed you a duty of care, and their violation of that duty resulted in injury. We understand how to prove liability in a wide variety of scenarios and will work to get you money for both economic and non-economic losses.
You cannot recover any compensation for brain injuries through personal injury litigation if you do not take legal action before the state’s statute of limitations expires. In North Carolina, you have three years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury claim. If the existence of a brain injury was not immediately apparent at the time of the accident, the countdown will not generally begin until you discover (or should have discovered) the injury. This can be important in medical malpractice cases, but it should be noted that you cannot take legal action against any negligent party once ten years have passed from the date of the negligent act.
When our team at Stewart Law Offices represents you in a personal injury claim, we will seek full compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
Accessing Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Brain Injuries in North Carolina
When you suffer a brain injury at work, you cannot bring a personal injury claim against your employer, even if they were demonstrably negligent. Instead, you can get benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
You likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina if:
- You suffered a physical injury, repetitive stress injury, or occupational illness while “on the job”
- You were an employee (not an independent contractor) when the injury occurred
- Your employer has three or more employees
You only have 30 days from the date you discover an injury to tell your employer about it, but you should not wait to file a written report. Benefits can be denied if you miss this deadline.
The reality is that many workers’ compensation claims are initially denied. You need advocates who understand how to navigate the system and can help you seek the care and benefits you need after sustaining a brain injury. You can trust our dedicated legal professionals to fight to protect your rights every step of the way.
How We Can Help
Our Charlotte brain injury lawyers can help you if you are struggling to access benefits because:
- Your employer claims you are not covered by their workers’ compensation policy
- Your employer refuses to report your injury
- Your employer threatens to retaliate against you if you seek benefits
- Your insurer claims you failed to provide notice or file before the statute of limitations expired
- Your employer or insurer claims your injury was not work-related
- Your insurer selects doctors who are providing an insufficient level of care or who do not recognize the severity of your brain injury
- Your injury offers an inadequate settlement
You can trust our dedicated legal professionals to fight to protect your rights every step of the way.