- What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ Compensation seeks to compensate injured employees for work-related illness or injury. If an employee is injured while working on the job, regardless if the employee is driving or at a specific location, the worker is to receive benefits, whether the employer was or was not at fault. Benefits include; lost wages compensation, medical and rehabilitation coverage, and damages for permanent disability. The employee is not allowed to sue the employer for their injuries in return for this compensation.
- Are all injuries and illness covered by Workers’ Compensation?
If the injury or illness occurred at your job, then it may be covered. It all depends on when the injury or illness occurred and under what circumstances.
- What are some of the benefits available to injured workers?
Injured works may receive lost wages, medical, and disability benefits. Wage replacement benefits are calculated by determining an injured workers average weekly wage from before the injury. An injured worker is entitled to receive medical treatment reasonably related to the injury.
- What should you do if you are injured at work?
You need to immediately seek medical treatment if you are injured. Do not hesitate to seek medical treatment, even if you don’t know if it is a work-related injury. As soon as you seek medical treatment, you also need to inform your employer in writing that you were injured at work. Keep all of your records, especially your incident reports. In North Carolina, you have 30 days to report your injury to your employer. You also have to report the claim to the North Carolina Industrial Commission within 2 years of the injury. If you have been injured at work, please contact our law offices immediately by completing this initial consultation form or call us at 1-800-341-3931.
- What if my claim is denied?
If your case is denied, you can file a Form 33 and request a hearing to challenge the decision. Once you request a hearing, you automatically go to mediation. If the case is not settled at mediation, a hearing is usually held. If your case was denied and you need to request a hearing, contact our law offices immediately by telephone at 1-800-341-3931 or by completing the initial consultation form.