There are many details that go into workers compensation cases. Getting a work comp claim approved can be quite complicated for those who are also dealing with the consequences of the injuries or illness they suffered due to their work environment.
For this reason, we have compiled a few of the most common questions our clients have had regarding their North Carolina workers comp cases. Read on to learn more about the specifics of workers compensation benefits in our state.
Do I qualify for workers comp?
Every employer that employs more than three employees North Carolina is required by law to carry workers compensation insurance. You will be protected by workers comp from the first day of your employment. Your claim should be approved as long as your injuries or illness were caused directly by the duties of your job.
Can I work a second job while collecting workers comp benefits?
Workers comp benefits are designed to replace a portion of the income you are unable to earn while you are recovering from a work-related illness or injury. If you are able to work a second job, the insurance company might determine that you do not need workers comp benefits because you are currently able to earn a living, despite the injuries you suffered.
How long can I receive workers comp?
You are entitled to collect workers comp benefits until your physician clears you to return to work. In the event that you are permanently disabled, you can collect benefits until you reach the maximum number of weeks allowed by law. At that point, you may begin collecting disability benefits to replace the benefits you received from workers compensation insurance.
What do I do if my workers compensation claim has been denied?
If your North Carolina workers compensation claim has been denied, an attorney can help you address any issues the insurance adjuster might have had with your claim, provide additional medical documentation, or request a hearing in front of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The commission will issue a decision about your claim.
Will I have to get an independent medical exam?
It’s possible. If the insurance company believes you are exaggerating the severity of your injuries, it may request that a particular physician examine you to determine the extent of your injuries. If you do have to get an independent medical exam (IME), talk to a work comp lawyer about how you should handle it.
Talk to a Raleigh Workers Comp Lawyer
To discuss the specifics of your workers comp claim with an experienced Raleigh workers comp attorney at Ricci Law Firm, PA, simply fill out the convenient contact form at the bottom of this page or give our office a call at (252) 777-2222. Schedule your no-obligation claim evaluation today.