Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers In Raleigh, NC
North Carolina workers don’t always get the benefit of a safe workplace. Negligent employers, coworkers, site managers, and product manufacturers can result in hazards that endanger workers’ lives. Although workers’ compensation may cover your injuries, often they are not even close to covering your damages. If you suffered an injury on the job in Raleigh, contact Riddle & Brantley to discuss your rights. Our lawyers can help you navigate your options beyond just workers’ compensation. We have NC State Bar Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation to help you.
Common Workplace Accidents
Workers can suffer accidents and injuries in any workplace, but some industries pose more hazards than others. Construction, for example, is one of the most dangerous industries for employees. Common causes of employee injuries include slip and fall accidents, ladder or scaffold accidents, repetitive motions, hazardous chemical spills, transportation accidents, struck-by objects, and electrocutions. No matter what caused your injuries, contact an attorney for a free consultation.
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation FAQs
Every state has a workers’ compensation program. North Carolina is no exception. An injured employee doesn’t have to prove his/her employer’s negligence to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. All the employee must show is that the injuries happened while at work. Use these frequently asked questions about the state’s workers’ comp system for more information:
- Does my employer have workers’ compensation insurance? All employers with three or more employees in North Carolina must carry workers’ compensation insurance.
- Am I eligible for coverage? All employees (and independent contractors in the trucking industry) are eligible for workers’ compensation coverage if their injuries happened while performing work-related tasks.
- How long do I have to file? You must tell your employer about your accident as soon as you can, but no later than 30 days after it occurs. You have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim with the NC Industrial Commission.
- How do I file? Fill out Form 18 or 18B and submit it to your employer and straight to the North Carolina Industrial Commission within the deadline. Your employer will complete and submit Form 19. These forms are standard forms that provide notice of the accident to all parties. For some rare cases, including occupational diseases from exposure to asbestos, you may have two years from date of discovery or last exposure to the work hazard.
- What benefits might I receive? Workers’ compensation can pay for an injured employee’s medical bills, temporary or permanent disability, and two-thirds of lost wages.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you with every aspect of the claims filing process, from the initial injury report to what doctors you should trust with your case. With our assistance, you can rest assured that you’re not missing any important requirements or time limits. A lawyer can also help you fight against insurance bad faith and lowball settlement offers.
Can You Recover Outside of Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation can be a great asset to injured employees, but it may not yield benefits for full lost wages, pain and suffering, or punitive damages. A personal injury lawsuit, on the other hand, could result in maximum compensation for all accident-related damages. If you accept a workers’ compensation settlement, you instantly give up your right to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. You do not, however, relinquish the right to file against a third party, such as:
- A coworker
- A contractor
- A product manufacturer
- A property owner
- The city of Raleigh
- The State
Contact Us to Get Help from a Raleigh Workers Compensation Lawyer
If a third party caused or contributed to your workplace accident, you might be eligible for recovery under both workers’ compensation and a personal injury claim. A lawsuit might also be in your best interests if your employer was negligent in some way that caused your injuries. Contact our work injury lawyers before saying yes to a workers’ compensation settlement agreement. A different kind of legal action could have better results for you and your family.