Have you or a loved one been injured in an accident at work?
In 1929, North Carolina adopted its workers’ compensation act as a “statutory compromise” between employees and their employers. Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, employees are compensated for work-related injuries and illnesses that resulted from an accident in the scope of employment. The program is set up as insurance that’s meant to cover a worker’s total medical costs and a portion of lost income, as well as diminished earning capacity and any permanent disability/impairment percentage rating settlement. The Act never allows for or provides compensation for pain and suffering.
If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, you are probably eligible for workers’ compensation benefits:
• Were you injured on the job?
• Did you report the injury to your employer orally and in writing immediately and in any event within 30 days?
• Does your employer have at least 3 employees?
• Does your employer carry workers’ compensation insurance?
Unfortunately, the process of making a claim can be a complex one, adding to an already stressful situation for injured workers. Certain deadlines must be met so that you do not lose the benefits that you are entitled to. It is very important to get a lawyer involved to ensure that you obtain all the benefits to which you are entitled. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency basis, meaning that we charge no fees until we get you compensation.