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Under What Circumstances is a Person Eligible for Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina?

injured person signs workers' compensation documents with right hand while it's in a castWorkers’ compensation insurance protects workers in North Carolina in the event that they are injured on the job. However, employees must meet eligibility criteria in order to collect those benefits.

There are three types of situations in which employees can become eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina:

Workplace Accident

Accidents happen. When they happen on the job, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may cover you for injuries and other losses. Some examples may include a construction worker who falls off a ladder, or a delivery driver who is in a car accident. Accidents may occur in professions that don’t seem prone to such dangers, as well. For example, a secretary may be burned by office equipment.

If the accident occurs on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina.

Workplace Injury

Sometimes employees become inured just doing their jobs — not as a result of having an accident. Some examples may include neck or back strain from repeated performance of the same task, or even joint strain such as in the shoulders, knees, or wrists.

Workplace Illness

Workers’ compensation benefits may also be available if you become seriously ill as a result of your work. Examples may include exposure to toxic chemicals that contribute to the development of cancer, such as workers who were exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma.

North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

There are many factors that can contribute to whether or not you receive workers’ compensation benefits and to how much compensation you receive. A North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer can help you understand the law and how it applies to you.

If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case to find out if one of our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers may be able to help you!