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Greenville Workers' Compensation Attorney

Representing Injured Workers in Greenville, NC

After a work-related injury, you may have many questions about your rights and how you can recover compensation for your losses. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we can help you navigate the workers' compensation process and fight for the full, fair benefits you are owed. Our Greenville workers' compensation lawyers are committed to helping injured workers throughout the entire process.

Contact us online or call (252) 429-5161 today to request a free initial consultation with a member of our team.

What is Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job. In North Carolina, most employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance to protect their employees. Workers' compensation benefits can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages.

What Does Workers' Compensation Cover?

In North Carolina, workers' compensation benefits can help you recover compensation for the following losses:

  • Medical Benefits: These benefits cover the costs of medical treatment related to the workplace injury or illness. This can include doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, prescription medications, physical therapy, and other necessary medical services.
  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits: TTD benefits are provided to workers who are temporarily unable to work due to their work-related injury or illness. These benefits typically amount to two-thirds of the worker's average weekly wage, subject to a maximum and minimum limit set by the state.
  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits: PTD benefits are provided to workers who suffer permanent and total disability as a result of a workplace injury or illness, rendering them unable to engage in any gainful employment. These benefits may continue for the duration of the disability.
  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits: PPD benefits are for workers who sustain permanent impairments or disabilities but are still able to work in some capacity. The amount of compensation depends on the severity of the impairment and its impact on the worker's ability to earn wages.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits: Vocational rehabilitation services may be provided to injured workers who are unable to return to their previous job due to their injury or illness. These services may include job retraining, job placement assistance, and other support to help the worker return to suitable employment.
  • Death Benefits: If a worker dies as a result of a workplace injury or illness, death benefits may be provided to the worker's dependents, such as a spouse, children, or other eligible family members. These benefits typically include compensation for funeral expenses and ongoing financial support for dependents.

Workers' compensation does not cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.

Common Reasons Why Your Claim Was Denied

Workers' compensation claims can be denied for various reasons. While the specific criteria and processes may vary by state and individual circumstances, some common reasons for denial include:

  • Failure to Report the Injury Promptly: Most states require employees to report workplace injuries or illnesses to their employer within a specified timeframe. If an employee fails to report the injury promptly, the claim may be denied due to the lack of timely notification.
  • Failure to Seek Timely Medical Treatment: Delaying or failing to seek medical treatment for a workplace injury can result in a denial of the workers' compensation claim. Insurance providers may argue that the injury was not severe enough to require medical attention or that the delay in treatment exacerbated the condition.
  • Disputes Over Causation: Insurers may deny claims if they dispute whether the injury or illness is directly related to the employee's work activities. They may argue that the injury occurred outside of work or was caused by a pre-existing condition.
  • Failure to Provide Sufficient Medical Evidence: Workers' compensation claims often require medical documentation to support the extent of the injury or illness and its impact on the employee's ability to work. If the medical evidence provided is deemed insufficient or unclear, the claim may be denied.
  • Violation of Employer Policies or Procedures: If an employee's actions leading up to or following the injury violate workplace policies or procedures (e.g., drug or alcohol use, engaging in reckless behavior), the claim may be denied based on the employee's misconduct.
  • Statute of Limitations: Each state has a statute of limitations, which is the timeframe within which a workers' compensation claim must be filed. Failing to file a claim within this timeframe can result in denial.
  • Independent Medical Examination (IME) Results: Insurers may request an independent medical examination to evaluate the extent of the injury or illness. If the IME results differ significantly from the employee's treating physician's findings, the claim may be denied or disputed.
  • Employer Disputes: In some cases, employers may dispute the validity of a workers' compensation claim, either due to skepticism about the injury or concerns about potential increases in insurance premiums.
  • Administrative Errors or Incomplete Paperwork: Simple administrative errors, such as incomplete paperwork or missing documentation, can lead to claim denials. Claimants need to ensure that all necessary forms and information are accurately completed and submitted.

Why Choose Lanier Law Group, P.A.?

When you choose Lanier Law Group, P.A., you can trust that your case is in good hands. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of workers' compensation cases, and we have a proven track record of success in the courtroom. Whether you need legal assistance to file a claim or your initial claim was denied, we are committed to helping you navigate the workers' compensation process and fighting for the full, fair benefits you are owed.

Contact us today at (252) 429-5161 to schedule a free consultation with a Greenville workers' compensation lawyer.

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