Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have suffered an injury arising from an incident at your place of employment, were involved in a work accident, or have suffered what is called an “occupational disease” that resulted from your work, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation is a benefit program to provide medical payments and wage replacement in the event that someone is injured by accident at work. Workers’ compensation is an extremely important system that injured workers in North Carolina rely heavily on for support. It is a “no-fault” system, meaning you do not have to prove that it was anyone’s fault. All you have to prove is that it was an accident that occurred while the employee or the injured worker was in the course and scope of their employment
There are times however, when injured workers encounter difficulty with either their employer, or even their employer’s insurance carrier, and when this happens they can have trouble receiving the benefits they rightfully deserve.
As a Board Certified workers’ compensation specialist, Robert E. Whitley Jr. can provide our clients with sophisticated legal knowledge in the area of workers’ comp. law, as well as aggressive legal representation in court when necessary. We genuinely care about our clients and offer 24/7 legal guidance to those in need. Contact one of our Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers today!
Recovering Compensation After an Injury
There are countless scenarios that can result in a workplace accident. Regardless of the injuries suffered and the cause, you may be entitled to recover financial support through workers’ compensation. A workers’ compensation lawyer in Raleigh can explain how the law may apply to the facts of your case.
Some of the injuries and diseases that may occur include:
- Broken bones
- Crush injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cuts and bruises
- Head injury from falling objects
- Back injury
- Other stress injuries
Workers’ compensation can pay for:
- Medical bills resulting from the injury or disease
- Wages lost to the injury
- Permanent disability arising from a permanent injury
If you have suffered a work-related injury, leaving you unable to return to work, we can help you file for the benefits you need. If your claim has been denied, we have the experience necessary to appeal the decision with the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act
The Workers’ Compensation Act provides for medical compensation to cover the injured worker’s medical needs to help provide a relief and cure for their injury. The act also provides for wage replacement at the injured worker’s average weekly wage. In fact, the act provides that the injured worker is paid two-thirds of the average weekly wage after a certain waiting period. The act also provides payment for a permanent partial disability rating if the authorized treating physician gives the injured worker a rating to a specific body part. The act provides for payment for that rating.
How is a Workers’ Compensation Claim Filed?
Workers’ compensation has very complicated rules and certain deadlines that must be met so that you do not lose the benefits that you are entitled to. It is very important to get a lawyer involved to ensure that you obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled, that your wage replacement checks come on time, and that all of your medical appointments are approved. You only have 30 days from the incident that caused the injury to tell your employer, in writing, about the injury. You must then file a Form 18 with the North Carolina Industrial Commission within two years of the incident.
Because of the complexity of workers’ compensation, the best way to provide the information you need is to speak with you personally. Contact us by calling today so that we can explain your situation and injury! A Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer from our firm can give you personalized legal information and help you through the process. We offer free initial consultations and work on contingency, meaning that we charge no fees until we get you compensation.
The biggest mistake people make is that they do not report their claim in time. The injured worker may get hurt with a very significant injury and continues to work the day or weeks before reporting the injury. By the time they make a report, it is usually either too late or they have an issue with insurance company accepting their claim.
Also, people do not tell doctors about all the parts of their body that are in pain. For example, they may say their knee hurts, but they have pain in their shoulder as well. If they do not mention the shoulder at some point and later try to have that part included in their claim, it could be a problem because it was not initially mentioned.
Another mistake is the improper filling out of the important forms that must be filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. This is another reason why it is important to have a Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer involved early in the claim.
Free Workers’ Compensation DVD!
Because our attorneys know filing a workers’ compensation claim is complex and difficult, we have created a free, 30 minute “What you need to know about filing a workers’ compensation claim” DVD. This DVD explains the process in detail, so you understand how your claim will be handled. If you have questions concerning something you have seen in the DVD, our attorneys will be happy to speak with you.
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