A Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help You
When you’re hurt on the job, everything changes – or at least that’s how it may feel. You may have medical bills while you’re not earning money to pay those bills. You’re hit with the double whammy of lost wages and huge expenses. We’re very familiar with the position this can put you in. It’s exactly what a workers’ comp claim is designed to help with.
The good news is that the Charlotte workers’ compensation 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, and we help injured workers every day with workers’ compensation claims.
How Do I Apply for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The first thing you should do when applying for workers’ compensation benefits in Charlotte is to 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 workers’ compensation claim. Read more about filing a claim and the workers’ compensation process.
How Can I Get a Second Opinion on Medical Treatment?
In North Carolina, the employer and the workers’ compensation insurance company generally control the medical 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 workplace injury in Charlotte will be paid for by your employer.
Our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers can help you request a second opinion and fight for the care you need to overcome your workplace injuries.
How Long Does It Take to Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Assuming you’re eligible, how long it takes to get workers’ compensation depends on many factors, so it’s hard to give a timeframe. Depending on the employer, insurance company, type of injury, and the specific circumstances, benefits can take anywhere from weeks to months.
North Carolina workers’ compensation laws are designed to work predictably, but there can be frustrating delays as medical bills pile up. 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 workplace injuries were “struck by” incidents.
- The second most common cause of workplace injuries were “fall” injuries.
Why Choose Us for Your Workers’ Compensation Case?
Our team of workers’ compensation lawyers in Charlotte, NC is dedicated to helping injured workers seek all the workers’ comp benefits they may deserve. Our law firm has several NC State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation law ready to fight for clients. There are fewer than 175 of these specialists licensed to practice in North Carolina.*
*Figures provided by N.C. State Bar as of 1/22.Text Us
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