Workers’ Comp Lawyers, Greensboro, N.C.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078
Greensboro, North Carolina has a proud history of industry – everything from cigarettes to furniture to textiles. But you don’t have to work in industry to get hurt at work. Workplace injuries can happen in the office, clinic, lab, warehouse, construction site, and store – as well as in the factory.
When injuries at work happen, North Carolina law allows most workers to file workers’ compensation claims so that their employers’ insurance pays for approved medical treatment, lost wages, and other benefits.
If you have been injured at work, contact a Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyer to learn about the workers’ compensation benefits that may be available to you.
What Percentage of My Paycheck Will I Get on Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
The amount of potential workers’ compensation benefits is actually set by the state. According to North Carolina workers’ compensation law, a worker can be compensated up to approximately two thirds of their average weekly wage – but it’s not quite that simple. There is a cap that the state sets yearly, and there are formulas to determine your wages and the amount that workers’ compensation may pay.
A Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyer can walk you through that process and explain how the amount is calculated.
What Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are There for Injured Workers?
If you’re hurt on the job in Greensboro, you may be entitled to several different workers’ compensation benefits. First, you may be entitled to a wage benefit in the form of:
- TTD – Temporary Total Disability Benefits
- TPD – Temporary Permanent Disability Benefits
- PPD – Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
- PTD – Permanent Total Disability Benefits
Also, you may be entitled to have your medical treatment costs covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance plan. If, tragically, a loved one was killed on the job, dependents may also be entitled to death benefits, including funeral and burial expenses.
Who Is Required to Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance in Greensboro, North Carolina?
Almost all employers in the Greensboro area are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance with some exceptions. Eligible injured workers can expect wage and medical benefits, but the tradeoff is that they generally can’t sue their employer, and the employer or insurer gets to choose the doctor. This can lead to complications, and a Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyer can help you when dealing with those.
Can Greensboro Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Help Me File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Workers’ comp is a heavily nuanced area of law, so it’s advisable to consult an attorney when filing your workers’ compensation claim. The North Carolina State Bar even offers Board Specialist certification in workers’ comp law, and several of our attorneys have this certification.
Here are the three basic steps to filing your workers’ compensation claim, along with how an attorney can help you at each step.
1) Inform Your Employer of Your Injury or Illness As Soon As Possible
The workers’ compensation system has deadlines and forms that must be filed in a certain amount of time for a claim to be valid. If you’ve suffered a workplace injury or believe you have contracted an occupational disease, notify your employer in writing immediately.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can assist you and ensure your forms are filed within the strict deadlines.
2) Complete the Necessary Forms Accurately
Here’s where a lot of workers get stuck. Filing a claim requires you to complete and submit some forms to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). The forms may not be entirely clear to you, but an experienced workers’ compensation attorney deals with them daily and can assist you in completing your claim.
3) Appeal a Denied Claim
If you don’t fill out the forms correctly or on time, or your employer refuses to take responsibility for your injury, you may face a denial. Don’t just give up. You can appeal a denial, and your workers’ comp lawyer can fight for you.
I Don’t Like the Doctor My Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Provided. How Can I Get a New Doctor?
You can request a second medical opinion through the insurance company or your employer, but they may deny that request. If they do, you can ask the North Carolina Industrial Commission to allow you to get a second opinion that the insurer must pay for. We have a resource on requesting a second opinion and moving your workers’ comp claim forward if you want to learn more. We’d suggest retaining a workers comp attorney for assistance in this part of the claims process.
How Many Workplace Deaths Happen in Greensboro Each Year?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 350,146 people employed in the Greensboro-High Point area as of June 2022. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), seven workers in the Greensboro-High Point area were killed on the job in 2021. So, the chances of workplace death are low. But there is a chance, and workplace deaths do happen. In those times of need, families should know about the death benefits they may be entitled to receive.
The most common injuries in the community as a whole were caused by unintentional poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, and slips and falls – in that order.
Why Hire Us as Your Workers’ Comp Lawyers in Greensboro, NC?
Several of the workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law – something only a small fraction of the attorneys licensed to practice in North Carolina can claim. Two have even worked at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Put our experience to work for you.
Call us at 1-866-900-7078, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or, contact our Greensboro office for more information. Our Greensboro workers’ compensation lawyers know North Carolina workers’ compensation law and how it applies to workplace injuries, workers’ compensation claims, and workers’ compensation benefits. And we want to help you.
If you have been hurt on the job and are worried about lost wages and how you are going to pay your medical bills, get your free case evaluation online today. We will help you fight for the maximum benefits to which you may be entitled.Text Us
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