Q Can a teenager receive workers' comp benefits in North Carolina?
Teenagers can be eligible for workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina. Eligibility depends on several factors. One involves if the work injury is recognized as an eligible condition under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. Secondly, if the injury or illness arose out of the course and scope of the young worker's job. One of the more significant factors is how much time has passed since the work-related injury or illness occurred or was discovered. North Carolina's statute of limitations for work injuries is two years, which means if more than two years has passed since an injury occurred, the victim forfeits their rights to a benefit claim. Our attorneys can explain some exceptions.
Our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh can also explain how pre-existing injuries or illnesses might be covered by workers' comp, which generally entails whether the worker's job duties or work environment worsened a pre-existing condition.
Facing a work injury is challenging, and doing so as a young adult is even moreso. Legal language can be confusing to understand. Our lawyers help individuals understand workers' comp regulations in simple terms. This helps teens and their parents or legal guardians make informed decisions about the steps they need to take to recover from their injuries. We offer free case evaluations, which can be scheduled by calling 877-BRENT-ADAMS or by completing the form on the right side of this page.