When you go to work, you expect to use your skills and experience to perform your job to the best of your ability and then return home safely. But workplace accidents may disrupt your daily routine and cause serious injuries, leaving you unable to work for a period of time and in need of workers’ compensation. In North Carolina, three percent of full-time workers suffered a work-related injury or illness in 2010, according to the N.C. Department of Labor.
Most North Carolina workers have a right to workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury, but sometimes employers and their insurance companies will try to claim an injury was not work related.
A skilled North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert is ready to assist you in pursuing all the workers’ comp benefits that you are due. Our lawyers advocate aggressively for injured workers in Shelby, Rutherfordton, Lincolnton, Gastonia, and surrounding North Carolina communities.
Contact an experienced N.C. workers’ comp attorney by calling (704) 487-1234 or by using our online contact form.
Businesses in North Carolina covered by the N.C. Workers’ Compensation Act are required by law to carry insurance to cover the total medical costs and a portion of lost wages for employees injured on the job. The law applies to all businesses having three or more employees on a regular basis, except agricultural operations with fewer than 10 regular employees and certain sawmill and logging operators.
Regardless of who caused the accident, an employee is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you suffer specific traumatic accident on the job, causing an injury such as a hernia, a back injury, a crushing injury or a lost limb. You may also be entitled to additional compensation for disfigurement or damage to an important bodily organ.
Injuries that develop gradually over long periods of time do not generally qualify as specific traumatic accidents. However, workers also are entitled to benefits if they become disabled due to an occupational disease. The employment has to be a significant factor in causing the disease’s development or put the worker at greater risk of developing the disease than the general public.
An employee should promptly report an injury requiring medical attention to an employer and should do so orally, and in writing, within 30 days of an accident.
Obtaining workers’ compensation or showing that employment led to an occupational disease can be complicated and require documentation and outside medical opinions. You may feel overwhelmed if you are trying to recover from an injury. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Teddy, Meekins & Talbert have the experience representing injured workers to help you develop the strongest claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
Let an experienced N.C. workers’ comp lawyer guide you by calling (704) 487-1234 or by using our online contact form.