Do I Need an Attorney for a Workers' Compensation Claim?

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!

High Point Attorneys Manage Workplace Accident Claims

Personal attention and dedicated representation lead to positive results

If you suffer a workplace injury, the minimum you should expect is for workers’ compensation to cover your medical expenses and most of your lost income. However, workers’ compensation always results in lost income and does nothing to compensate a worker for pain and suffering. So, when the facts allow for an additional remedy, you should explore that option. At Scott Law Offices, our knowledgeable attorneys investigate your accident thoroughly to determine if grounds exist for a lawsuit. A serious workplace accident can result in permanently disabling injuries. We are determined to obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible given the facts of your case.

Negligence lawsuits for workplace accidents

When someone’s carelessness on the job causes an injury, workers’ compensation acts as no-fault insurance. The injured party is covered, even if he or she is responsible. Workers’ compensation covers most workplace accidents, unless circumstances dictate that the injury is not work related. Workers’ comp does not cover such acts as horseplay and deliberate self-inflicted injury, because those are outside the scope of employment.

Additionally, under certain circumstances, the injured worker may be able to file a negligence lawsuit, which would provide greater compensation than that available through workers’ comp. For example, if a third party, who has no employer-employee or coworker relationship with the injured worker, is responsible, the injured worker can sue. Third-party lawsuits are common when defective equipment or negligent behavior by a subcontractor causes an injury.

Construction site accidents in North Carolina

Construction sites are potentially dangerous environments where workers are vulnerable to numerous injury scenarios, including:
  • Crane or scaffold collapses
  • Debris falls
  • Electric shock and electrocution
  • Falls from heights
  • Fires
  • Heavy equipment accidents
  • Power tool mishaps
  • Vehicle accidents
Although workers’ comp is the usual remedy, negligence often opens the door for a third-party lawsuit. Usually, workers’ comp bars a lawsuit against the worker’s employer. However, employer liability can arise from grossly negligent management decisions, reckless behavior, hiring of uncertified equipment operators, and OSHA violations. We thoroughly investigate your construction accident to identify facts that may permit a negligence lawsuit.

Workers’ comp lawyers in High Point, NC facilitate claims

If you are injured on the job, you must alert your employer immediately. Your time to file a workers’ compensation claim is limited, so you must file within the statutory period. Problems with claims often arise when employers neglect to notify their insurer, when insurers deny valid claims, or when workers dispute a doctor’s evaluation of their condition. If you have any trouble with your workers’ comp claim, speak to an experienced attorney at Scott Law Offices immediately.

Contact our High Point, NC attorneys for your workplace accident claim

Scott Law Offices provides free case evaluations for victims of workplace accidents. Our experienced and dedicated injury attorneys are ready to help with a workers’ compensation claim or negligence lawsuit. Call us at 888-983-0417 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Do I Need an Attorney for a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Understanding how our High Point, NC lawyers can facilitate your claim

In an ideal world, workers’ compensation would be worry free, especially because it’s a no-fault system. Unfortunately, the system is not perfect, so every year valid claims get denied, businesses falsify or cancel coverage, and doctors make mistakes on disability decisions. Any of these complications can prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. At Scott Law Offices, our attorneys are determined to see your workers’ comp claim approved. We work closely with you to ensure your case gets a fair hearing leading to the best possible results.

When you need our High Point workers’ comp attorneys

There are many circumstances that can arise where you need reliable advice and representation from an experienced workers’ comp attorney:
  • Your employer denies that your injury is job-related.
  • The insurance company sends you to a doctor, but you do not agree with the doctor’s diagnosis or treatment plan.
  • You approve of the doctor’s treatment plan but your employer’s insurer does not.
  • The doctor clears you for work before you feel you’re ready to return.
  • The doctor approves you to return for light duty, but your employer refuses to accommodate your condition.
  • A doctor issues a disability rating that does not accurately reflect your physical limitations.
  • You have returned to work but require ongoing treatment for the injury.
  • The insurer wants to negotiate a settlement of your claim, including disability and future medical treatment.
  • Each of these conflicts creates an opportunity for the insurance company to force you to settle for less than you are due. Without the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced attorney, you could wind up with a mere fraction of the benefits you’re entitled to. That means undue financial hardship for you and your family.
You can rely on Scott Law to provide the determined legal service you need to tackle disputes with your workers’ comp claim. We understand that this is no small issue for you, so we do our utmost to deliver the best results possible.

Consult our High Point, NC attorneys for your workers’ compensation claim

Scott Law Offices provides free case evaluations for injured workers. Our experienced and dedicated workers’ comp attorneys are ready to help you appeal any adverse decision at any stage of the process. Call us at 888-983-0417 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.
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