Goldsboro Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Hurt in a Workplace Accident?
Goldsboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Explains Your Rights
Many people who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses collect workers’ compensation benefits for their medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. Additionally, families who have lost a loved one to a workplace accident can receive death benefits through this system. However, although you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits, it can be difficult to get a fair settlement. Your employer and the insurance company may try to downplay the severity and impact of your injuries. In some cases, you may even receive a workers’ compensation claim denial. Therefore, to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve, you should always consult a North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer.
At Riddle & Brantley, our Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys have experience representing injured workers. We can help you, too. An employer or an employer’s insurer may question whether your injury, illness or condition was work-related. Alternatively, they may dispute the amount of benefits you deserve. You may face a long wait for workers’ compensation or you may need to file an appeal. We help employees when they face just such situations.
Our North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law
As advocates for injured workers, we know the workers’ compensation system well. Attorneys Chris Brantley and Adam Smith are North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law. That designation is reserved for lawyers with demonstrated knowledge, experience, and achievement in their field. Chris Brantley and Adam Smith have had substantial experience in handling workers’ comp appeals. They also met education requirements, had their competence and qualifications verified by other lawyers, and passed a challenging exam to achieve this distinction.
At Riddle & Brantley, your case will be in the hands of legal professionals who have specific training and knowledge regarding workers’ comp laws and regulations. Reach out to us for help with your case.
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What Is Workers’ Compensation?
North Carolina law requires most employers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. This kind of insurance provides benefits to workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. An injury is covered if it took place in the “course and scope” of your employment.
Although this can be difficult to define, you may be able to file for workers comp’ for an injury that occurs while you are on the clock, on a break or just on your employer’s premises. Coverage may also include injuries that occur on work trips and sales calls.
An injured worker must file a claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer or the insurance company initially decides whether the claim is accepted. If your claim is accepted, then your benefits may include compensation for lost wages, medical care, permanent injury and temporary or permanent disability. You receive these benefits each week.
However, if the insurance company denies your claim for any reason, then you have the right to appeal. Appeals can go through several levels, including the North Carolina Industrial Commission (hearing by Deputy Commissioner and then Full Commission) and the appellate courts of North Carolina.
Do I Need a Goldsboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?
North Carolina workers’ compensation laws do not require injured employees to work with a lawyer in order to file a workers’ comp claim. However, you do have the right to hire an attorney to stand up for you and offer legal advice. In many cases, working with a lawyer is the best way to make sure you get every dollar you deserve. After all, your employer or your employer’s insurance company may hire a team of lawyers to fight your claim. At the very least, your employer may try to limit the amount of money you receive.
You deserve the same level of legal expertise on your side. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you fight for your right to a fair recovery. In some cases, you may even recover compensatory damages in addition to what is paid through the workers’ comp system. Although workers’ comp laws usually prohibit you from filing quit against your employer, you may be able to file a third-party claim if another person or company other than the employer is liable for your injuries. In the event you recover from the third party, the Work Comp insurance company may have a claim for reimbursement of amounts it paid on your claim. This can be complicated but this is something that our State Bar Certified Specialists in Workers’ Comp can handle for you.
We have been helping injured workers for decades. We know how to build a robust argument for your claim and will always work to protect your interests when a claim is in dispute. Our skilled attorneys can assist you step-by-step through workers’ compensation process, including:
- Appeals before the Full Industrial Commission or our Appellate Courts
What Are Common Workplace Accidents in North Carolina?
Workplace accidents take many forms and can occur in any industry. Some workplaces, such as construction sites, contain obvious dangers; even routine day-to-day tasks may carry a chance of serious injury if employers are negligent. However, workplace accidents also take place in settings that you might never expect to be dangerous. These may include hospitals and nursing homes. Also, traffic collisions account for many workplace accidents; workers’ comp generally covers vehicle crashes that involve employees who are on the road as part of their work duties.
Additionally, other common types of workplace accidents include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Being struck by an object
- Electrical accidents
- Being caught between equipment and an immovable object
- Machinery accidents
- Equipment failure
- Falling objects
- Repetitive motion injuries
What Are Common Workplace Injuries?
A workplace accident can cause both physical and mental injuries. In turn, these may result in high hospital and doctor bills, and lost income. Serious injuries can be debilitating for the long term and often require a period of rehabilitation. No matter what happened to cause your significant injury, we can evaluate your case and explain your options. If possible, then we can assist you with your workers’ compensation claim so you get the benefits you deserve.
Some common types of workplace injuries and illnesses that qualify for workers’ compensation include:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Neck injuries
- Overexertion injuries
- Respiratory illnesses
- Spinal cord injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel
Additionally, families may be able to recover benefits through workers’ comp if a workplace accident causes an employee’s wrongful death.
Contact Us to Get Help from a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Our law firm was founded upon certain basic principles: integrity, honesty, compassion, and personal service. We take our duty seriously and we all share a commitment to being zealous advocates for the “little guy” – the employee who is struggling to get his or her life back on track after an injury.
We know how workers’ compensation insurance companies operate. Like you, we are often shocked at how hard they may try to avoid paying you fair compensation. They hire teams of lawyers, particularly in cases of permanent disability. Their goal is to reduce the value of your claim – or pay you nothing. However, you deserve justice and we are here to help you level the playing field.
We are available 24/7 and we will usually respond to your call within minutes. We offer a free consultation and flexible appointment times for your convenience. Our North Carolina attorneys are more than happy to make a home or hospital visit in the event that your injuries prevent you from traveling to our offices.
You deserve to be represented by a lawyer who cares about what happens to you and will do everything possible to get your case resolved fairly and within a reasonable period of time. Contact us today for the help you need and the help you DESERVE. Call (800) 525-7111 TODAY for a free consultation.