Consult With an Experienced Workers’ Comp Attorney – Wilmington NC
While you may think of Wilmington as a wonderful vacation destination, the city is also home to many hard-working residents who live there year-round. Healthcare, retail, and hospitality are the three top industries of this charming port city, and unfortunately, employees in these industries have plenty of work-related accidents and illnesses.
If you have been hurt in an accident at work, contact an experienced Wilmington work injury lawyer and read on to learn more about workers’ compensation benefits for which you may be eligible.
What Are the Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
In general, workers’ comp benefits pay for lost wages and medical expenses related to eligible work injuries. The specific types of workers’ compensation benefits can be categorized as follows:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
- Medical Care
- Death Benefits
The first four types of benefits listed above may provide wage replacement compensation based on whether you will be able to return to work again (is your disability temporary or permanent?) and the extent of your disability (is your disability total or partial?).
Contact a Wilmington workers’ comp attorney to discuss the distinctions between these types of benefits, as well as the benefits that may provide compensation for medical care, disfigurement, and death. You can contact us online for a free case evaluation about seeking compensation for your work injury.
What Percentage of My Paycheck Will I Get in Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
In North Carolina, approved workers’ compensation wage replacement benefits for TTD are generally 66.67% (or 2/3) of the injured worker’s average weekly wage. For more information on how to calculate workers’ compensation benefits, including TPD, PTD, and PPD, visit our Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits page.
If I Don’t Like the Doctor My Workers’ Compensation Company Provided, Can I Get a New Doctor?
You can request to see a different doctor than the one your employer’s workers’ comp insurance company assigned you. However, the insurance company may deny your request for a second medical opinion and may not reimburse you if you go to a doctor that they have not chosen.
North Carolina workers’ compensation laws protect your right to request a second opinion doctor, and you can file a request with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) asking them to order the insurance company to pay for the second opinion doctor. If the NCIC agrees with your request, it will order the insurance company to allow you to see the doctor of your choice.
How Many Workplace Deaths Happen in Wilmington, NC Each Year?
In 2020, there were two Wilmington, NC work-related deaths reported to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website – one of which was related to COVID-19. In the previous year, there were no on-the-job fatalities reported for the city. In 2022, there was an additional COVID-related death reported for the city.
Do People File Their Own Workers’ Compensation Claims?
Yes. When workers are likely to fully recover from on-the-job injuries and can reasonably expect to return to their former jobs, they may not need the assistance of a workers’ compensation attorney to file their workers’ compensation claim. Many workers’ compensation claims fall into this category.
But injured workers who will probably not recover enough from their workplace injury to return to their pre-injury positions may need the guidance of an attorney when filing, as well as when the time comes to try to settle the claim. An attorney can discuss the assignment of permanent impairment ratings and permanent work restrictions with the doctor which can impact any permanent partial disability and future wage loss benefits.
How Can a Lawyer Help With My Workers’ Comp Claim?
Skilled Wilmington workers’ compensation lawyers can help you manage the claims process by:
- adhering to filing deadlines
- negotiating with the insurance company
- gathering records and bills for medical treatment
- seeking a second medical opinion, if needed
- assisting if your employer won’t acknowledge your injury or refuses to file your claim
- helping you fight back against any workplace discrimination or termination related to your injury
- trying to ensure that benefits are not miscalculated
Why Hire Us as Your Wilmington Workers’ Comp Lawyer?
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our workers’ compensation team includes two former NCIC Commissioners, as well as attorneys and paralegals who previously worked for insurance companies. We understand the tactics that “the other side” often employ when a workers’ comp claim is made.
We also have several workers’ compensation attorneys who are North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation law – the highest level of legal specialization available in North Carolina.
And our firm was recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® as one of the “Best Law Firms” for workers’ compensation law for the greater Raleigh area in 2022 – for the seventh consecutive year. 3
If you have been injured at work, we want to help, and we are experienced in workplace injuries and workers’ compensation law. Call us at 1-866-900-7078 or contact our Wilmington office for a free case evaluation today.
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