If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance carried by your employer is intended to protect both you and your employer by providing medical treatment and replacement for lost wages when you are injured.
Workers Compensation Eligibility
North Carolina’s workers’ compensation law covers injuries that result from an accident arising out of and in the course of employment. The law also covers occupational diseases, including some repetitive-motion conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, and others. The issue of fault or negligence does not matter in workers’ compensation. Your immigration status does not matter, because the workers’ compensation carrier cannot deny your claim based on your immigration status.
Workers Comp Benefits
There are several Workers’ Compensation benefits that you may be entitled to receive, among them are:
- Payment for your medical treatment
- Compensation for lost wages at 2/3 of your average weekly earnings (including overtime and bonuses)
- Mileage and prescription expenses reimbursement
- Compensation for permanent disability
- Vocational rehabilitation services
Handling a workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina
This may be a daunting task, especially when you are dealing with physical injuries or unfamiliar with workers’ compensation law. To be certain that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled, it is advisable to seek legal counsel.
Are you currently incapacitated?Are you receiving medical attention? Have physical therapy or radiological testing been approved? Do you have transportation to your medical appointments? Would you like to have a second opinion? Are you receiving your weekly checks on time? Are you getting paid the correct amount of benefits? Are you being harassed at work for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
Were you denied Workers’ Compensation benefits?
It is in insurance companies’ best interest to pay the least amount possible. Insurance companies have experienced claim adjusters working on their behalf. It is not uncommon for them to deny your workers’ compensation claim or refuse to provide timely and quality medical care. Even if your claim has been denied you may still be eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits and we may help you.
For more information, please visit the North Carolina Industrial Commission website.