If you or a loved one were injured on the job in North Carolina or South Carolina, you might be wondering how long you can stay on workers’ compensation. This depends on how serious your injuries are. If they’re minor, you may be able to stay on workers’ comp for a number of weeks, but if your injuries are major, it could be a number of months or longer.
One of the workers’ compensation attorneys from our firm may be able to help you get the full benefits you’re entitled to for the full duration. During a free consultation, we’ll tell you more about what we can do for you.
So, How Long Can You Stay on Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits to injured or ill employees and covers medical costs, income loss, and possibly more. Injured workers are entitled to workers’ comp, but only for a limited time.
Generally, you’ll be entitled to workers’ comp until you’re physically able to go back to work. Your doctor can tell you and your employer when this may be.
What Is the Longest You Can Be on Workers’ Compensation in NC and SC?
You may be entitled to benefits for a few weeks or months if you have a minor injury or illness that prevents you from doing your job for a short while. However, if your condition prevents you from working for a long time because it’s serious, you may be entitled to benefits for several months or longer. If your condition is permanent (such as paralysis), you may be able to receive payments throughout your lifetime.
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What do I Do If My Workers’ Compensation Benefits don’t Last Long Enough?
You may have already received benefits from your employer’s insurance company. If so, and if they don’t last long enough for you, you can talk to your doctor and one of our firm’s workers’ comp attorneys. Both parties may be able to provide further evidence of your medical condition, treatment requirements, and damages.
This evidence could convince the insurer to extend your benefits period. If the insurer refuses to extend the period fairly, your attorney can refute their reasoning, and they may reverse their decision.
What do I Do If the Insurer Tries to End My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you’ve been on benefits for a while and your doctor hasn’t told you when you can go back to work, the insurance company may try to end your benefits. In this case, you should ask your doctor when they believe you should be able to return to work. You should also speak with an attorney from our firm if the insurer is harassing you.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Get?
According to North Carolina and South Carolina workers’ compensation laws, injured workers are eligible for benefits that will help them financially support themselves and their dependent family members. You may be eligible to collect the following benefits and possibly other compensation:
- Wage reimbursement: You’re eligible for this if your condition prevents you from earning wages for a certain number of weeks. However, you may have issues receiving wage reimbursement, such as not receiving it as soon as you need it. Our firm can help by representing your needs to the insurer.
- Medical cost reimbursement: So long as you sought medical attention right after your workplace incident and told the doctor the incident occurred in the workplace, you should qualify for this. To continue to qualify, you must follow the state’s rules regarding continual medical treatment. Our firm can help you prove that you qualify for medical cost reimbursement.
- A disability settlement: If you suffered a serious disability or were exposed to a dangerous substance, you may be able to pursue a disability claim with your workers’ compensation judgment. Our firm can help you provide evidence for this claim and then we can file it for you.
We Can Help in Other Ways, Too
There’s a lot our firm can do for you regardless of what your situation may be. For example, if your workers’ compensation claim gets denied, we can help you determine why and even dispute the denial for you. If necessary, we can represent you in court and recruit accident reconstructionists and medical experts to prove your case.
About Our Workers’ Compensation Firm Serving SC and NC
Our firm serves South and North Carolina and has represented over 10,000 clients. We operate in several areas of law, including workers’ compensation law.
Many of our clients are like you. They’re still suffering from their work injuries and wondering about their financial future. One of our workers’ compensation lawyers in SC or NC can help you secure your financial future by helping you get the benefits you deserve for as long as you need them. We can coordinate with your doctor to help make that happen.
We believe in excellence in everything we do, and we’ll reassure you of that during a free initial consultation with a member of our team.
Contact Us Today for Help with Workers’ Compensation in SC or NC
Whether you or a loved one want help filing your workers’ comp claim or preserving it, Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can assist you. We’ll start by answering your questions during a free consultation. Contact Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today to get started.