Raleigh Workers' Compensation Claims
When you've been hurt on the job in a workplace accident in Raleigh, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. Work injuries can result in missed days of work, expensive medical bills, and other costs that only make the situation worse if you’re laid up at home or in the hospital.
Workers' Compensation in North Carolina is a no-fault insurance program designed to pay Work Injuries benefits without regard for who was at fault.
Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Kevin Jones, at the Dodge Jones law firm, can help explain your legal rights, answering questions like:
- What is covered under the NC Work Comp Laws?
- How much is my case worth?
- How do I file a claim for an on-the-job injury?
- Does it help to hire a lawyer for Work Comp cases?
For more information about our ability to help you with your claim under the NC Workers’ Compensation Act, call now to schedule a complementary consultation.What You Need to Know About Workers' Compensation Claims in North Carolina
A Workers' Comp Claim may be filed by the Employee. The specific form is known as a “NOTICE OF ACCIDENT TO EMPLOYER AND CLAIM OF EMPLOYEE, REPRESENTATIVE, OR DEPENDENT,”
It is filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission if your injury or illness was caused by an incident at work.Proving a Workers' Comp Claim
Workers' Compensation claims for injuries sustained in North Carolina may involve expert medical testimony.
Medical reports by qualified doctors can be used in Workers' Comp claims to establish Work Related Injuries or a Work-Related Illness.What are Work Comp Benefits?
Workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina can include Wage Replacement Payments, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Related Medical Treatment and Work-Related Disability.
Work Comp benefits vary widely depending on the nature of your Work Injury or Work Illness.
For example, if you are injured while working for a private sector employer in North Carolina and file a Notice of Accident (Form 18), then you might receive Work Comp benefits like:
- Medical Treatment
- Wage Replacement
- Vocational Rehabilitation
Workers' Comp wage replacement payments are based on your average weekly wage earned while employed at the time of Work Injury. Work Related Vocational Rehabilitation can help disabled employees return to work after Work Injuries.
Workers' Compensation claims in NC can be complicated and time-consuming affairs. We think it helps to hire a Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer who has substantial experience in Work Injury claims.Should I Hire a Lawyer for an On-the-Job Injury?
While this is a question that can only be answered by you, there are some things to consider.
Work injuries such as sprains and strains, cuts and bruises, and other similar injuries generally fall under the category of minor or soft tissue injury.
If you have an on-the-job injury to one of these areas, it may not seem like it's worth it to hire a lawyer.
Work injuries that are of a more significant nature, such as traumatic, life changing injuries, work-related fatalities, head injuries such as a Traumatic Brain Injury, herniated discs, broken bones, amputations, and the like may be worth consulting with an experienced Workers' Comp lawyer in Raleigh to explain your rights under NC Work Comp Act.
Work Comp claims can get complicated very quickly. We thinks it helps to have an experienced lawyer on your side, helping explain the process and protect your legal rights.
For example, if you are injured at work and receive medical treatment, whether your injury was actually work-related under NC Work Comp law may depend on the whether the employer employees on a regular basis three (3) or more employees.
If it is determined that your injury is work-related by the North Carolina Industrial Commission, your work injury medical benefits may be paid for by the insurance company of the employer who was responsible for your work injury.How Do Workers' Comp Lawyers Help?
Workers' Comp lawyers help workers' within the NC Workers’ Compensation Act and associated system.
Workers' Compensation Lawyers can be instrumental in helping you throughout compensation process, helping you file a Work Comp Claim, and negotiate a fair settlement.
How Much is My Raleigh Workers' Comp Case Worth?
"We will work to ensure that you are treated fairly under the law and help make sure that your Workers’ Compensation Claim is settled as quickly as possible."
- Kevin Jones, Raleigh Workers' Comp Lawyer
Since Workers' Comp cases are entirely dependent on their individual facts, it is difficult to give an exact number as to what the outcome of a Work Comp case will be.
The value of Work Comp cases generally falls into one or two categories:
- Economic - This type of Work Comp case generally involves having lost wages due to your Work Comp injury
- Non-Economic - Non-economic Work Comp cases often involve a case where the injured worker is not capable of returning to their pre-injury employment.
Work Comp carriers in North Carolina are obligated by NC Workers' Comp laws (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-2(6)) to pay Comp benefits for medical treatment.
For workers' who are able to return to work but cannot return to their pre-injury jobs (i.e., the injured worker's wages were permanently diminished after their Work Comp injury), Workers’ Comp carriers are obligated to pay benefits for up to 500 weeks.
Workers' Comp carriers in North Carolina are obligated to pay benefits for permanent total disability due to Work Comp injuries. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-12 establishes this Work Comp obligation as follows:
"In all cases of permanent total disability adjudged to have been proximately caused by an occupational disease or Work Comp injury, the Work Comp insurance carrier shall pay compensation benefits for life regardless of other Work Comp coverage."Can a Work Comp Lawyer in Raleigh Help File a Claim?
Yes, an experienced Workers' Comp lawyer in Raleigh can help you file a claim.
Don't let your employer intimidate you into thinking that you have to take care of filing the Work Comp Claim on your own.
The Workers’ Compensation laws in North Carolina are complicated and knowing what you're entitled to can be hard to understand without being familiar with Workers’ Compensation Act.
Work Comp claims can also be denied if they are not reported within the prescribed time frame.Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer – Kevin Jones
Kevin Jones has been working handling personal injury claims, accident claims for almost thirty years (since 1992). He has dedicated his professional career to representing injured individuals just like you throughout North Carolina who are looking for quality representation from a compassionate attorney.
We enjoy helping people get through challenging times and getting you back on your feet.
"If you’ve been injured on the job in Wake County, we’d love to help!."
- Kevin Jones, Raleigh Work Comp Lawyer
When it comes to your Workers’ Compensation claim, you deserve someone who is willing to stand up for your rights and fight tooth-and-nail for a fair and just settlement.
To be clear, we only represent employees injured at work. We NEVER represent the employer or the big insurance companies.
Workplace Injury Attorney Kevin Jones is devoted to helping you get the full compensation you deserve.
Don't let a Workplace Injury claim become more burdensome than it needs to be. Workers' Comp claims can be time sensitive.
Call an experienced Raleigh Comp lawyer. Call Kevin Jones now to schedule your free consultation.