Injuries in the workplace can be devastating, leading to the loss of a career. One person who knows that experience intimately is Gilbert Bowman Bradham, Jr. Winner of our Bader Scott Workers’ Compensation Scholarship, Bradham wrote about two instances in which he had to seek litigation for the compensation he earned on the job.
In the 1990s, the South Carolina native was working on a golf course on Kiawah Island when a golf ball broke through a range picker and struck him in the face, rupturing his right eye. After numerous surgeries, he found some justice through the court system and personal injury law.
Bradham is not litigious by nature, he wrote, but when an injury threatens your life and livelihood, it is important to “avail oneself of legal advice and representation.” Unfortunately, fate was not yet through with Bradham.
Years later, while working as a South Carolina State security officer, Bradham once again was on the business end of a serious injury. When a bus tire exploded near him, he lost 40% of his hearing. Thankfully, Lt. Oneida Banks was able to throw herself across Bradham’s body to prevent shrapnel damage. At the time, Bradham had not yet received his bulletproof vest.
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Following this second significant on-the-job injury, Gilbert Bradham was able to collect workers’ compensation as he was unable to return to work as a security officer. After years of working as a commercial real estate agent, he decided to finish college and pursue The Citadel’s Band of Gold that he had always dreamed of receiving.
Bradham’s Academic Career
Though he never finished college in his initial pass, Bradham recently graduated from The Citadel, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in the pre-law subfield. Now, he returns to his alma mater pursuing a master’s degree in Intelligence and Security Studies.
Bradham is no stranger to hard work. He achieved a 4.0 GPA within his bachelor’s degree major (3.91 GPA overall), graduated summa cum laude, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honors Societies.
With the $2,500 award to assist paying for his education, Bader Scott is sure that Gilbert Bowman Bradham, Jr. will serve as a prime example of those core tenets of The Citadel: honor, duty, and respect.