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You’d like to think you won’t need workers comp in NC. But when life (and work) throw you unexpected surprises, you don’t want to be stuck paying medical bills you can’t afford. It happens more often than you think–there were over 2 million work-related injuries in the US in 2016.

1. What is Workers Comp in North Carolina?

First, the basics: what is workers comp in NC?

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Injuries that occur in the workplace may be covered by the NC workers’ compensation laws.  There are legal conditions for applicability, as such it makes sense to talk to a Work Comp lawyer about your options.

If covered, your employer may carry workers’ compensation insurance.  The North Carolina workplace laws (the NC Workers’ Compensation Act) also may allow, in certain circumstances, your employer to be “self insured.”

If you’ve recently had an accident at your place of work and were denied workers’ comp, you may feel stressed out and worried that you’re not going to be able to make ends meet.

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A lot of NC workers comp claims focus on physical injury, but there are times when mental health becomes an issue. In fact, it can be one of the more complex types of workplace injury, particularly because not a lot is known about the condition in the general public and sometimes people don’t recognize they may be suffering from PTSD.

There were over 2 million cases of workplace injury and illness in 2016. Balance that with $193 billion in lost earnings annually because of mental illness, and the price tag is steep.

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On average, 2.9 million American workers sustain non-fatal work-related injuries per year.

A large portion of these injuries occurred in the construction industry. However, it’s possible for anyone to get hurt at work, no matter their position or employment field.

Most individuals who do experience a work-related injury automatically assume that they will receive financial compensation of some kind. This is certainly true in some cases.

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If you’ve been injured on the job or suffer a work-related illness, you might be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Unfortunately, insurance companies and employers often don’t allow workers comp claims, even when you’re clearly in the right. This leaves vulnerable employees at the mercy of a complicated system of appeals.

Compensation lawyers will give you a much higher chance of getting the benefits you deserve. They will talk with the worker’s comp insurer as your representative, get evidence to back up your claims, and negotiate a solid settlement.

The lawyers working for your employers and the insurance companies are not working in your best interest. They won’t think twice about rejecting your claim under suspicious circumstances.

workers-compensation-lawsuit-1-300x200Did you know that transportation-related injuries and fatalities top the list of occupational hazards in the U.S?

That’s right. They cause so many losses and claim so many lives that 2,083 incidents of work transportation incidents took place in 2016 alone.

About 3.7 million workers suffer from injuries every year. It’s for this reason that workers compensation lawsuit rates remain high. This is also the reason why North Carolina implements rigorous laws when it comes to worker safety.

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Both construction and manufacturing continue to be the most hazardous industries for workers. Injuries can and will happen in the workplace.

If you’ve been injured on the job, how can you file a comp claim without jeopardizing your relationship with your employer?

An experienced workers comp attorney can help protect your rights and make the process go more quickly.

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If you’ve been recently injured at work, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to hire a work injury lawyer.

Generally, if your injury is minor such as a minor cut on the hand or a sprained ankle, you don’t need an attorney. You can also get by without an attorney if you didn’t miss many days of work due to your injury and your employer and its Workers’ Compensation carrier freely admit you sustained the injury at work.

But even if your situation is uncomplicated, it’s still a good idea get a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your case. The lawyer can explain the legal process, note any potential problems, and inform you whether you should or shouldn’t handle the case without a lawyer.

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Did you know there were 2,905,900 nonfatal on-the-job injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015 alone?

This means you’re not alone. And there is help for your claim.

Let’s take a look at what to look for in an North Carolina Workers’ Comp lawyer.

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