North Carolina Workplace Accident Lawyers
What to Do If You Suffer a Work-Related Injury or Illness
Have you been injured at work? Did you suffer a work-related illness? You
may be entitled to
workers' compensation, including compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. Benefits
are typically paid for an accident or any injury or illness that developed
over a period of time due to the performance of repetitive tasks, exposure
to toxic substances, and other job-related factors. However, you should
note that workers’ compensation benefits do
not cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. Additionally, if
your employer is not liable for your injury/illness, workers’ compensation
will not apply. In such instances, you may be able to seek compensation
from a third party who is liable.
If you are considering applying for workers' compensation or need assistance
with a third-party work injury claim, speak with a North Carolina workplace
accident lawyer at Lanier Law Group to learn more about the claims process
and the documentation that will be needed when pursuing a claim. Our firm
has decades of experience representing clients in work-related injury
cases and can explain your legal rights regarding work injuries and how
to secure the benefits that you deserve.
Call us today at (855) 757-4204 or
submit an online contact form to request a free consultation.
Common Workplace Accidents & Injuries
Workers across all industries face certain risks while on the job. While
some workers—such as
construction workers—face inherently more risk due to the relatively dangerous nature
of their jobs, any worker can become injured or fall ill due to work-related factors.
Some of the most common workplace accidents and injuries include:
A workplace accident can result in head injuries, back injuries,
spinal cord injuries, broken bones,
brain injuries, which can require months of recovery and may even leave you with permanent
disabilities and disfigurement. When you can no longer earn a living and
are faced with mounting medical bills and injury-related expenses, compensation
can be crucial to helping you avoid financial hardships. Our firm can
compile the documentation and medical evidence needed for your claim.
Our North Carolina workplace accident attorneys can pursue the maximum
amount of benefits/compensation that you are entitled to, whether through
your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance or a third-party
personal injury claim.
What to Do after a Workplace Accident
Following an on-the-job accident and/or injury, it is imperative that you
see a doctor right away. A doctor can determine the full extent of your
injuries and the toll it will likely take on your life, both physically
and financially. In addition, your claim will also be taken more seriously
if you seek medical attention immediately after you have been injured.
After you have seen a doctor, if you wish to seek workers’ compensation
benefits, you need to report your injury to your employer and notify him
or her in writing within 30 days after the injury. You must also notify
your employer in writing if your doctor has diagnosed you with an occupational disease.
To further protect your right to workers’ compensation benefits,
you must also file a claim with the Industrial Commission within two years
from the date you were injured. This typically involves filing an Industrial
Commission form called Form 18, which you should also give a copy of to
Should you choose to pursue a personal injury claim against a third party,
you typically have three years from the date of the accident/injury (or
the date at which you became aware of or reasonably should have become
aware of the injury) to bring your claim.
Need Help with Your Claim?
With the skilled guidance of a North Carolina work-related injury attorney
at our office, you will have a much better chance of successfully recovering
compensation. We would be more than happy to meet with you discuss your
rights under state and federal worker's compensation and personal injury
law, as well as address any questions or concerns you may have. We have
a great deal of experience in this area of law and can help you pursue
a claim in a quick and cost-effective manner.
For more information,
contact us online or call (855) 757-4204. We offer legal services in both English and Spanish
at our multiple office locations, including