Asheville Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Who Work Hard For You
Asheville is a town of many distinctions: it was named amongst Travel + Leisure’s top 10 cities in the U.S. in 2020 and amongst AFAR’s top 5 best small cities in the U.S. in the same year. This busy city is known for its eclectic culture, craft breweries, the Biltmore Estate, and backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the business side of things, the top five growing industries in Asheville, North Carolina are:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Science and technology
- Small business
Named as one of the Top 25 Best Cities for Manufacturing Jobs by Kempler Industries in 2019, some of Asheville’s top employers are manufacturers Eaton Corporation, Kendro Laboratory Products, Unison Engine Components, and Wilsonart, and each of these companies employs between 500-999 employees. The largest two employers in the city, Mission Health Hospital and Ingles Marketing, Inc., both employ over 1000 employees. These growing industries – manufacturing, healthcare, and retail – are also the top private industries in the U.S. with the highest number of cases of workplace injuries resulting in days away from work in 2019:
As Asheville grows and thrives, some of its workers are getting injured. If you are one of these workers, you may need a workers’ comp lawyer in Asheville. Contact us for a free case evaluation. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have years of experience fighting for our clients’ rights.
How Do I File a Workers’ Comp Claim in Asheville?
Injuries have a way of disrupting life – and if that injury happens at work and threatens your income stream and physical health, you may need additional guidance filing a workers’ comp claim. Regardless of whether you work with an Asheville workers’ compensation lawyer on your claim or not, here are the two things you need to do after a work-related accident or illness:
- Submit a written report of the accident to your employer. You should do this as soon as possible, but generally you have 30 days after the accident to meet the express requirements of the North Carolina workers’ comp law. If you have sustained an injury gradually as a result of an occupational illness, you have 30 days (from the date a competent medical provider advises you that you have sustained an occupational illness) to submit a written report. Even if you did not submit a written report within 30 days, you may be able to still make a claim under many of the exceptions to this 30-day rule.
- File a Form 18 with the N.C. Industrial Commission (NCIC) and provide a copy to your employer. In general, you have two years from the date of the accident in which you sustained an injury. If you are seeking to make a claim for an occupational illness, you must typically file the Form 18 with the NCIC within two years from whichever of the following dates occurs later:
- the date a competent medical provider advises you that you have sustained an occupational illness, or
- the first date you missed time from work due to the occupational illness.
Note: If your employer or the insurance company manipulated you into believing that your claim had been properly filed and you failed to file the Form 18 in time, you might still be able to make a successful claim for workers’ compensation benefits. We urge you to file your claim as soon as possible with the assistance of a workers’ comp lawyer.
There can also be other consequences for not hiring a workers’ comp lawyer. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Asheville can guide you and help protect your rights throughout this process.
Can I File a Workers’ Comp Claim in Asheville If I Was At Fault?
Yes, you can file a claim even if you were responsible for the accident in most cases. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that generally does not take into account whose fault the accident was. Many employees wrongly think that they cannot qualify for workers’ comp benefits if they were at fault in any way.
What Kind of Benefits Can I Receive for My Workers’ Comp Claim?
There are three basic types of benefits under North Carolina’s workers’ comp law:
- Lost wages
- Medical treatment
- Payment for permanently injured body part
For more details on each of these benefit categories, watch the video below:
Can the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin Help Me With My Workers’ Comp Case?
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has provided many clients with assistance navigating the processes of filing a workers’ comp claim, requesting a hearing, and appealing a decision by the NCIC. Our workers’ comp department has a track record of fighting for maximum compensation for those injured at work.
Our firm is proud to have two attorneys on our team who are former North Carolina Industrial Commissioners. They helped the agency impartially administer and enforce the state’s workers’ compensation laws.
Several of our attorneys are North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law. Additionally, we have some members of our team who are former insurance company defense attorneys and paralegals – they’ve worked for the other side and understand what our clients are up against.
Contact us or give us a call at 1-866-900-7078, and we will provide you with a free evaluation of your workers’ compensation case. We understand workers’ comp law, and we will work hard to protect your rights so you can focus on healing.
Looking for more details about our office? Visit the Asheville office page for additional information.
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