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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 or illness was a direct result of your employment
Since 1997, countless clients have trusted our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys to get them the benefits they need and deserve. Let our respected legal team do the same for you.
With multiple offices throughout the state,, our firm is prepared to assist you throughout every stage of the workers’ compensation process.
Our goal is to help you recover all available workers’ compensation benefits so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life. You owe us nothing unless we are successful in resolving your claim, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.
“She answered all my questions and she was determined to get me the best settlement possible”- Cheryl P.
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.
In North Carolina, workers' compensation benefits cover the following:
- Medical expenses associated with treating your injuries
- A portion of your lost wages (two-thirds of your average weekly wage)
- Death benefits, if your family member died of a work-related injury
You should be aware that if you apply for workers' compensation benefits, you cannot 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 workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm can help you examine your legal options based on your unique situation.
When you are seeking workers' compensation, you may be able to recover a percentage of your lost wages in addition to your medical expenses. The amount of lost wages you can recover is based primarily on the severity of your injuries.
- Temporary total disability: A temporary total disability (TTD) is a condition that causes you to be totally disabled for a limited time. For a TTD, you can receive up to 66 percent of your average weekly wage until you return to work or until your medical condition improves to the point where you can work again.
- Temporary partial disability: People who have been injured but can still work have a temporary partial disability (TPD). Those with a TPD may collect as much as 66 percent of the difference between their average weekly wage before the disability and their average weekly wage after the disability.
- Permanent total disability: If you become permanently and totally disabled (PTD) as a result of a work-related injury or illness, you can receive up to 66 percent of your average weekly wage for the rest of your life.
After being injured on the job, the last thing you need to worry about are confusing workers’ compensation laws and procedures. Our goal is to help you quickly obtain benefits so that you can begin rebuilding your life and moving forward.
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.
If you file for benefits through the workers' compensation system, your employer is responsible for paying your medical expenses and has the right to direct your medical treatment. This means your employer may choose a doctor for you.
However, you do have the right to ask the North Carolina Industrial Commission for permission to see a doctor of your choosing.
It is important that you get permission before you see a different doctor than the one your employer chose. If your own doctor treats you without permission from the Industrial Commission, you may jeopardize your workers' compensation benefits.
Types of Workplace Accidents & Injuries
Our workers' compensation lawyers in North Carolina help injured workers seek necessary benefits after all types of workplace accidents, including: