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Workers' compensation is a state-run program designed to provide compensation to employees who suffer on-the-job injuries or work-related illnesses. If you have been injured at work, you should speak with an attorney at Lanier Law Group about filing for benefits through the North Carolina workers' compensation system.
To recover workers' compensation benefits, you must establish two things:
- You were employed when the injury took place.
- The injury was a direct result of your employment. This means your injuries must have been caused by the tasks you were required to perform as part of your job.
Note that an “injury” can be physical trauma or a bodily wound or exposure to a harmful substance, leading to illness.
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Construction accidents are responsible many workers' comp claims each year in North Carolina. Ladder and scaffolding falls, as well as falling debris, are especially dangerous for construction workers. These types of accidents can cause severe head/brain and back injuries.
Workers also can suffer injuries due to building collapses, radiation exposure, asbestos exposure, and fires or explosions. Such accidents are capable of causing life-changing injuries that may prevent victims from returning to work temporarily or permanently.
Other common work-related accidents include repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or shoulder injuries, slip and falls, burns, commercial vehicle/truck accidents, and injuries caused by defective products/equipment.
Types of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Workers' compensation benefits pay for current and future medical costs resulting from your injuries, as well as lost wages. Additionally, the surviving spouses and family members of workers who were killed on the job may be able to recover death benefits.
Many people who suffer an injury are no longer able to work, at least for a while. With the help of workers' compensation benefits, however, injured workers can continue to receive an income even though they are no longer able to work. You should be aware that if you apply for workers' compensation benefits, you can’t sue your employer for additional damages in a civil lawsuit.
Depending on the extent and nature of your injuries, you may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, and/or permanent partial disability benefits. A North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney at our firm can help you examine your various legal options based on your unique situation.
At Lanier Law Group, we are committed to helping people throughout North Carolina take advantage of workers' compensation benefits.
Our attorneys offer:
- Personal attention: At our firm, you’re a person—not a number. You work with an attorney whose primary goal is to help you receive the compensation you may deserve.
- Accessibility: With offices in Burlington, Greensboro, Greenville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Fayetteville, Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Jamestown, you’ll find an attorney close to you. We keep our doors open to help you when you need it most.
- Fierce advocacy: When you hire Lanier Law Group, you’re hiring a heavyweight. We fight tenaciously on your behalf in boardrooms and courtrooms throughout the state.
Whether your employer is obstructing your effort to receive workers’ compensation benefits, your application for benefits has been denied, or you simply need help in general, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney at our office today.
When you have been injured on-the-job, you may be unsure of what to do next. It’s likely that you have been enduring the combined costs of medical treatment and loss of income. You should not hesitate to explore your right to compensation through your employer’s workers' compensation insurance.
If your claim has been denied, you should know that this is not the end of the road. With the help of an experienced attorney from our firm, you may receive the compensation you need through appealing the denial.