When workplace accidents injure employees, employees may qualify for workers’ compensation, which they can use to pay off bills and medical expenses while recovering from their injuries. If you or a loved one was injured while working in Burke County, you can file a workers’ compensation in North Carolina after notifying your employer about your injury.
A Burke County workers’ compensation lawyer at Farmer Morris Law, PLLC, will review your case and gather materials to support your claims about how the accident happened, what injuries you suffered, and why you need time away from work to recover. Our attorneys also help clients who have been denied workers’ compensation file appeals to pursue their benefits.
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Workers’ Compensation Can Cover Your Medical Expenses and Lost Income
Workers’ compensation benefits generally cover:
- Your medical expenses: Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will provide a network of approved physicians you can see to receive medical care for your injuries. The benefits you receive can be applied toward these costs until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).
- A portion of your lost income: You may be able to recover up to 66 2/3 of your average weekly earnings through workers’ compensation. Employees do not need to work a set amount of time to qualify for income benefits. As long as they were injured on the job, they may receive benefits for work they missed due to their injuries.
- Disability: If you have a permanent or temporary disability, you may receive benefits to cover these damages. Rates for disability coverage vary based on whether you have a total or partial disability and where the injury is on the body. If necessary, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability benefits to supplement your workers’ compensation.
- Vocational rehabilitation: If your work-related injury affects your ability to return to your previous position or career in general, you may be able to consult a vocational rehabilitation expert to find new employment appropriate for your abilities.
You Can File a Personal Injury Claim to Pursue Additional Damages
Workers’ compensation insurance programs ensure that employees do not sue their employers for work-related accidents. However, this does not apply to coworkers or non-employee individuals, be it other contractors or third-party individuals altogether. One of our personal injury lawyers can review your case to see if other liable parties exist that might owe you compensation.
If so, you may be able to pursue additional damages that workers’ compensation does not cover, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage, such as to your vehicle if you use it while working
- Emotional distress, including psychological trauma
- Full coverage of lost income, both current and future
- Diminished quality of life
- Reduced earning potential
We may suggest other damages to pursue depending on how your work injuries affect your life.
For a free legal consultation with a workers' compensation lawyer serving Burke County, call 828.286.3866
Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Manage Your Case While You Recover
As an injured employee, you may be overwhelmed by your physical and emotional states, which might affect how you fill out your workers’ compensation claim. Many people’s applications are denied due to inaccurate information, technical errors, and not understanding the claims process.
Rather than risk having your claim denied, one of our workers’ compensation attorneys can manage your case and lead your pursuit toward financial relief. Our legal team will:
- Review your case to determine if you meet all the requirements to file for workers’ compensation
- Investigate your accident to retrieve information or evidence that supports your workers’ compensation claim
- Fill out paperwork so that it is accurate and submit these documents within their deadlines
- Notifying involved parties about your case, including whether you intend to sue
- Attending court hearings on your behalf to advocate for your right to receive workers’ compensation
If you have already submitted a claim and were denied, our lawyers can review your case to see what changes we can make to improve your claim. We can file an appeal on your behalf and guide you through the appeals process, as your case may need to be reviewed under different stages.
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You Must Notify Your Employer About Your Injury Within 30 Days of the Accident
According to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC), employees have 30 days to notify their employer about their injuries via a written notice before they can file for workers’ compensation. Once you complete that step, you have two years to file a claim.
Keep in mind that you may have to notify other parties about your work-related injuries so that they are aware of your case. These other parties include your physician, work manager, and health insurance company.
Personal Injury Cases Also Have Legal Deadlines You Must Abide By
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit to supplement your workers’ compensation claim, you have about three years from the date of your accident to file your case, per G.S. § 1-52.
If you do not submit your case within this time frame, a judge might dismiss your case upon review. This would bar you from pursuing compensation through the civil court system in Burke County.
Want to Work with a Burke County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer? Call Our Firm
If you were in a work-related accident in Burke County and now want to seek compensation for your injuries, let one of our workers’ compensation attorneys represent your case. We have an office located in Morganton on Union Street in the Jonesboro Historic District, so we are accessible to those in the county. However, if you need us to visit your home or office for a consultation, we may be able to accommodate you.
Wherever you are in the claims process, whether you haven’t filed for workers’ compensation yet or want to appeal a denial notice, we can help you build your case and advocate for you in court hearings. Call (828) 286-3866 today to get a free case review.