Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Serving Greensboro / High Point, North Carolina
Victims of on-the-job injuries will often accrue large medical bills while receiving sometimes only a fraction of their usual wages. These workplace injuries can make supporting yourself and your family difficult. Workers compensation covers a wide range of benefits in North Carolina. There are many different kinds of benefits, including money to pay for surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or vocational rehabilitation, as well as lost wages caused by your work injury. In each case, each one demands a different strategy for getting people the compensation they rightfully deserve.
The Advantages of Working with Scott Law
At our High Point law office, our managing partner has over 40 years of experience dealing with workers’ compensation cases throughout North Carolina. Our attorneys can make a significant difference in the outcomes, as well as in your peace of mind, throughout your workers’ compensation case. While we never promise victory, we devote ourselves to our work and review all facts so that we can handle each case to the best possible outcome.
Each attorney treats our clients like human beings, not case numbers, and remains in regular contact with them, informing them about the progress of their cases and explaining everything in plain English. We try and make it a point to contact our clients within 24 hours of their call or email.
What you need to know about North Carolina Workers’ Compensation cases
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation laws provide money and medical benefits to an employee who has an injury as a result of an accident, injury or occupational disease on-the-job. A critical element to remember as you are navigating the channels of Workers’ Compensation is that your employer’s insurance company is in charge of the decision making on your benefits. Insurance companies are not looking after your best interests; they are looking after their own. Your doctor may believe that one course of care is best for your injury, and the insurance company may disagree. Beyond trying to control the type of care you receive, they may outright deny your claim.
When do I become eligible for lost wage compensation?
No compensation is due for the first seven (7) days of lost time unless the disability exceeds 21 days. Therefore, the first check will not include payment for days 1-7. Payment for those days will be made should the disability continue beyond 21 days.
How often are compensation payments made?
Weekly, but the Commission can authorize payments on a monthly basis in some circumstances.
Can I Secure Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injuries Related to Regular Job Duties?
It is now recognized by the NCIC that certain types of work create greater exposure to the possibility for harm on the part of workers than the general public. This can include repetitive stress injuries and diseases. Regular work activities, such as lifting or typing, may not be dangerous in and of themselves. Over time, though, the aggregate effect of these activities can create injuries. The same can be said of exposure to various chemicals or other substances that can cause disease when long term exposure occurs.
Is My Injury Work Related If It Occurs Outside Of Work?
In some circumstances, an injury occurring outside of work and not during work hours can be considered work related. These include:
- Injuries on business trips
— You’re traveling for work, and the cab you’re in gets rear-ended. Since the travel is for a work-related purpose, your whiplash injury is a work-related injury.
- Special Mission
— You’re picking up your boss’ dry cleaning on the way in to work. You trip on a crack and break your ankle in front of the dry cleaning shop. Since the injury occurred while doing a task that benefited your employer, your injury is work related.
For these types of injuries, you need to show that your employer received some sort of benefit from your away-from-work actions for the injury to be work-related.
How Our Lawyers Can Help Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you are involved in a dispute over your claim for Workers’ Compensation, we can help. We understand how to communicate effectively and persuasively when it comes to making the extent of your injury and disability known. Further, if you are unable to return to work, we can help make the case for benefits that are appropriate based on factors such as your age, education and work history. If you can return to work, we can fight to get you back into a position that is suitable for you and that is not a dead end position.
Contact Scott Law Offices Today
The sooner you speak with a lawyer from Scott Law Offices, the better! We would love to review your case at no cost to you, so call us to set up your free case evaluation request today. A member of our team will explain your case and your options to you in plain English so that you can make an educated decision. You deserve to have your questions answered, and to have someone on your side from start to finish. Contact us today!