You have a mortgage payment to make, bills to pay, mouths to feed. That’s why you work so hard. But when an injury on the job knocks you off your feet and keeps you out of work, even for a relatively short period of time, you can feel like you are drowning. The bills pile up while your bank account balance dwindles. And all the while, you are just trying to heal.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, know that you are not alone. Turn to a knowledgeable and compassionate workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your case and set the path for pursuing compensation. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, our experienced workplace injury lawyers are dedicated to taking the burden off you and your family during this stressful time. We can negotiate with your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company directly on your behalf to demand full and fair compensation for your injury.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your workplace injury claim.
What Defines a Work-Related Injury?
Normally, when people think of work-related injuries, they think of something major and obvious, like a fall from a ladder at a construction site. While these types of injuries do account for many workers’ compensation cases, there are a variety of injuries that could be considered work-related. Common types of work-related injuries are:
- Injuries caused by a specific traumatic accident on the job
- Injuries that developed over time, such as the repetitive stress injuries carpal tunnel and tendonitis
- Disabling diseases caused by health hazards that an employer exposed workers to, such as asbestos
What Are Some Common Workplace Accidents?
Although the law requires employers to follow specific safety measures to protect workers, accidents still happen. In fact, there are several commonly reported types of workplace accidents:
No matter the cause of your workplace injury, we encourage you to seek advice from a knowledgeable Cleveland County work injury attorney. Although there are common types of workplace accidents and injuries, every case is unique. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, our attorneys will give you the individual attention you deserve.
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you are injured on the job, you have a legal right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, even if you caused the workplace accident, as long as you were performing an authorized activity at the time. The North Carolina workers’ compensation program is a no-fault system, meaning that an injured employee may be entitled to benefits regardless of who caused the accident.
Injured and temporarily disabled employees in North Carolina may qualify for a range of assistance after an on-the-job accident. The benefits include coverage of medical bills, replacement of lost wages, temporary partial disability and permanent partial disability.
How Can I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The North Carolina Industrial Commission recommends the following steps to file a workers’ compensation claim:
You should also contact an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case. A lawyer can help you properly document your accident and resulting injuries, and give you guidance on pursuing full and fair compensation.
Beware: An employer may encourage you to let your health insurance pay the bills rather than filing a workers’ compensation claim. It’s unwise to do that. Do not assume that your health insurance will pay all your bills if you have suffered a workplace injury. Private health insurance also has no provision to replace your lost wages if you’re out of work.
What If My Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Denied?
Unfortunately, some employers and insurance companies will try to deny your injury was work related or will limit your benefits or offer to pay less than a claim is worth. It is important that you know your rights about pursuing workers’ compensation. Keep in mind:
As you can see, the process can be quite complex and daunting, and your employer knows this. Pursuing a serious workers’ compensation claim on your own can be extremely challenging, but the skilled North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert are ready to fight for you.
Can I Be Laid Off While I’m on Workers’ Compensation Leave?
Your employer cannot retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. So you cannot be fired just because you got injured on the job. If you are concerned that you are going to lose your job after filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact an experienced labor law attorney immediately. At Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, we take your rights as an injured worker extremely seriously, and we will aggressively fight for those whose rights have been violated.
How Can a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help Me?
The North Carolina workers’ compensation program is complicated. It can seem overwhelming if you’re trying to recover from a serious injury at the same time you’re pulling together paperwork to file a claim or appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim.