NORTH CAROLINA WORKERS' COMPENSATION OVERVIEW
When you are injured at work, or because of work, you deserve the full workers' compensation benefits you are due. Although many of these cases are handled internally, with the employee filing for their benefits and taking what is offered, you may be able to maximize your compensation and avoid denial of your claim by hiring our experienced attorneys. The attorneys at the Ricci Law Firm have been handling the cases of injured workers for many years. We understand all relevant state laws and regulations that can affect how much compensation you recover. To arrange a free case evaluation, please call us at (252) 285-4081
What is Workers' Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance system. Most types of employers in North Carolina are required to carry this type of insurance. If you are owed these benefits, our attorneys can help you secure them.
This insurance essentially creates an agreement between you and your employer. The agreement is that you cannot sue your employer for fault in the injury, and that your employer cannot deny you benefits if the injury was your fault, except in circumstances where you are in violation of the agreement, such as intoxication or drug use.
Workplace Accidents Leading to Injury
Any American workplace poses the risk of injuring workers. Although some industries, such as construction, are more dangerous than others. These injuries can be the result of a variety of workplace accidents, including:
- Falls from heights
- Chemical spills
- Motor vehicle accidents
You don't have to prove your injuries were caused by your employer in order to be eligible for your benefits. And these accidents do not necessarily need to occur at your workplace in order for you to be eligible, but they must occur as a result of performing your job duties. For example, if you are driving a delivery van and get in an accident while making a delivery, then you should be able to get workers' compensation.
Common On-the-Job Injuries
There are many different types of injuries and harm that can qualify you for workers' comp benefits:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Occupational illness
- Mesothelioma, lung cancer or another disease
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Broken bones
- Amputation of limbs, finger or toes
If you aren't sure whether your injury qualifies, then call our attorneys for a free case evaluation. We can determine your eligibility and we can provide you with resources explaining which injuries are covered.
Getting the Benefits You are Owed
So you've been injured at work. What should you do next? Our attorneys encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Your consultation doesn't involve an obligation to choose us as your lawyers, and we do not make any money on your case unless we successfully recover compensation for you.
File a claim. The attorneys at our law firm can make sure every part of the application process is carried out correctly so that you cannot be denied based on an application error.
Appeal a denied claim. If you have already been denied your benefits or if you get denied during the process, we know how to appeal these claims. Using a lawyer can help you ensure you don't miss any steps in the appeals process.
Types of Workers' Comp Benefits
Our attorneys will help you review all aspects of your benefits. You should be entitled to monetary compensation for various things associated with your injury. Workers' comp insurance typically includes benefits for the following:
- Medical benefits
- Benefits for disability
- Reimbursement for prescription medication
- Benefits for a permanent disability or injury
- Benefits for future medical care that will be needed
- Benefits for rehabilitation and job re-training
- Death benefits
After suffering an injury at work, you deserve to have your medical care paid for, and to have your lost wages replaced at 66 and 2/3 of your average weekly wage.
Your Workers' Comp Consultation
When you visit us for your free consultation, please bring forward any questions and concerns on your mind. Common questions we hear include:
- Am I eligible for my workers' comp pay?
- Does my injury qualify?
- Should I sue an outside party for my injury?
- How can you help me with my case?
- How long will it take to get my benefits?
- Where should I get medical care for my injuries?
- Do I have to use a certain doctor?
- What should I say to my employer and my employer's insurance company?
We can answer all of these questions and others. The attorneys at the Ricci Law Firm are personally committed to pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf. We have witnessed first-hand how an unexpected work injury can turn a life upside down, and our attorneys know how to provide effective legal services in these matters.
To find out how our experienced attorneys can help you after you have suffered a serious work-related injury, please call the Ricci Law Firm at (252) 285-4081. The lawyers at our firm are proud to serve people from across North Carolina, including Fayetteville, Raleigh and Greenville.