Charlotte Workers’ Comp Lawyers
Workers’ Comp Attorney in Charlotte, NC
When you’re hurt on the job, everything changes – or at least that’s how it may feel. You may have bills for medical treatment at the same time you’re not earning money to pay those bills. We’re very familiar with the position this can put you in.
The good news is that the Charlotte workers’ comp attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin know the North Carolina workers’ compensation system very well. We know the forms, the deadlines, the processes, and how to fight for your best interests.
How Do I Apply for Workers’ Comp Benefits?
The first thing you need to do when applying for workers’ comp in Charlotte is notify your employer in writing that you have been injured. This should be done within 30 days of your injury. Once that is done, you generally have two years to file a claim for workers’ compensation. You can read more about filing a claim and the workers’ compensation process throughout our site and on our blog.
How Can I Get a Second Opinion?
In North Carolina, the employer generally controls the treatment. However, if you disagree with a treatment recommendation, you can submit a written request for a second medical opinion from a doctor of your choosing to your employer. Your employer has 14 days to respond. If they deny you, you can appeal to the North Carolina Industrial Commission. If the Commission agrees, the second opinion for your work injury in Charlotte will be paid for by your employer.
How Long Does It Take to Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
It depends on a lot of factors, so it’s hard to give a timeframe. Depending on the employer, insurer, type of injury, and the specific circumstances, any awarded benefits can take anywhere from weeks to months. The system is designed to work predictably, but there can be delays. Consulting an experienced workers’ comp lawyer in Charlotte can help you understand the process and timeframes, as well as how to proceed with your case.
What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in Charlotte?
Charlotte region workplace fatalities matched Raleigh for the highest number in the state, with the most common injuries being in construction. Charlotte’s ongoing housing boom creates more of a need for construction jobs. While specific statistics are not available for individual cities from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) has compiled statistics for its reporting regions for the 2019-2020 year (running from October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020). From the data, construction appears to be one of the most dangerous jobs in Charlotte:
- The most common cause of work injuries were “struck by” incidents.
- The second most common cause of work injuries were “fall” injuries.
Why Hire the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for Your Workers’ Compensation Case?
Our team of workers’ comp attorneys in Charlotte, NC is dedicated to helping you seek all the benefits you may deserve. Plus, we have several NC State Bar Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists on our firm’s staff. There are fewer than 200 of these specialists licensed in North Carolina.* Call us 24/7 at 866-900-7078 or contact us online right now for a free case evaluation. If you’re looking to visit us, get more information on our Charlotte office page.
*Provided by the N.C. State Bar as of December 31, 2019.