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If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to claim workers’ comp benefits. However, an employer’s insurance company often tries to dispute or deny the workers compensation claim. In many instances, the workers compensation insurance provider will try to assert the injury is a result of a pre-existing condition or that the injured employee is to blame for their work related injury.

For these reasons, individuals who have been injured on the job must obtain skilled legal representation. A highly trained workers comp attorney can advise individuals of their legal rights or help them file a workers compensation claim. In addition, a lawyer can also act as the injured worker’s legal advocate should there be a need to file a lawsuit to try and receive benefits.

Brent Adams & Associates of North Carolina is a law firm dedicated to helping individuals who have been injured on the job. Contact our law office and ask to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case and potential legal options.

What Do Workers Compensation Benefits Cover?

Workers comp insurance provides four different types of benefits for injured workers who have been injured in the workplace.

The four types of benefits include:

Medical Benefits

Workers’ compensation is designed to assist injured workers in paying past and future medical expenses they have incurred due to a workplace injury or related occupational disease. These benefits pay for medical bills, including doctor visits, medications, the cost of travel, and any tests that may need to be conducted related to the workplace injury.

Wage Replacement Benefits

If an individual is injured on the job to the extent they cannot return to work, they may be entitled to compensation for their lost income. However, the financial compensation they ultimately receive is based on several factors, such as whether they are a full or part-time worker, the severity of the workplace injury or illness, and their average weekly wage (AWW).

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

Vocational rehabilitation benefits aim to help the injured employee eventually return to “suitable employment.” An individualized vocational rehabilitation plan may include job training, modification, or determining any transferable skills the employee may possess that will help them transition back into a work environment.

Death Benefits

If an employee suffers a fatal workplace accident on the job or due to a work-related illness, their surviving spouse and dependents are entitled to death benefits. North Carolina law stipulates that death benefits are paid weekly to the surviving spouse and children for up to 500 weeks, or approximately 9 and a half years.

Surviving family members receive two-thirds of their deceased family member’s average weekly wage. The deceased’s family is also provided up to $10,000 for funeral and burial costs.

Common Types of Workers Compensation Injuries

  1. Musculoskeletal Injuries: Such as strains, sprains, and overexertion injuries, often caused by lifting, carrying, or repetitive motions.
    • Musculoskeletal injuries are common in workplaces requiring physical labor. From strained backs to repetitive motion injuries, workers may face pain and limitations. Our firm ensures you receive proper compensation and medical care to aid your recovery.
  2. Slip and Fall Injuries: Resulting from wet floors, uneven surfaces, or debris, leading to injuries like fractures, concussions, or soft tissue damage.
    • Slip and fall accidents can occur in any workplace. Whether it’s a wet floor or cluttered walkway, these incidents can lead to serious injuries. Our team helps you navigate the complexities of workers’ comp claims to secure the support you need.
  3. Repetitive Stress Injuries: Such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, often affecting workers who perform repetitive tasks.
    • Repetitive stress injuries can develop gradually but have a significant impact on your ability to work. Our attorneys specialize in advocating for workers suffering from conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, ensuring they receive proper compensation and accommodations.
  4. Burn Injuries: Caused by chemical exposures, fires, or electrical accidents, resulting in severe tissue damage and potential long-term complications.
    • Burn injuries in the workplace can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Our firm is dedicated to helping workers recover from such traumatic events by providing comprehensive legal support and fighting for fair compensation.
  5. Machine-related Injuries: Including crush injuries, amputations, or lacerations caused by machinery accidents or malfunctions.
    • Machine-related accidents are often catastrophic, leaving workers with severe injuries and long-term disabilities. Our experienced attorneys are committed to holding negligent parties accountable and ensuring injured workers receive the compensation they deserve.
  6. Occupational Illnesses: Such as respiratory conditions, hearing loss, or chemical exposures, resulting from prolonged exposure to hazardous substances.
    • Occupational illnesses may develop over time due to exposure to harmful substances or conditions in the workplace. Our firm assists workers suffering from such conditions in navigating the workers’ comp system to obtain the benefits they need for treatment and support.
  7. Vehicle Accidents: While driving for work purposes, including collisions, resulting in various injuries ranging from whiplash to traumatic brain injuries.
    • Work-related vehicle accidents can lead to serious injuries and complex legal situations. Our attorneys have the expertise to guide you through the workers’ comp process, ensuring you receive the necessary compensation for your injuries and related expenses.
  8. Falls from Heights: Such as falls from ladders, scaffolding, or elevated surfaces, causing injuries like fractures, spinal cord injuries, or traumatic brain injuries.
    • Falls from heights are a leading cause of workplace injuries, often resulting in severe trauma and long-term disabilities. Our firm is dedicated to advocating for workers injured in such incidents, helping them secure the compensation and support they need to rebuild their lives.

Why Do I Need to Hire a Workers Comp Lawyer NC?

Often, injured workers hesitate to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer for fear of how much it may cost and because they rely on their employer’s workers compensation insurance company to pay them the workers compensation benefits, they feel they deserve. However, the application process can be overly complex, and simple errors may cause a claim to be delayed or denied.

An employer may assert that the employee is guilty of negligence and responsible for their accident. In other instances, employees trying to obtain workers comp independently may lose out on workers compensation benefits they are entitled to. Finally, a workers comp insurance company may deny that a disability exists, and that the employee must return to work.

However, with the help of a workers comp attorney, injured workers often find it easier to be approved to receive workers compensation benefits than if they had not hired legal representation.

If you have been injured on the work site, you must have an experienced workers comp lawyer on your side who is fearless when it comes to standing up to the workers compensation insurance provider. Brent Adams & Associates will fight to help you obtain lost wages and the medical coverage you need to recover from your injuries.

Does an Employee’s Immigration Status Prevent Them From Receiving Benefits?

North Carolina workers’ compensation law does not discriminate against undocumented workers. As a result, a worker’s immigration status cannot be used to deny a claim. However, just as with any workers comp claim, the workplace injury or occupational disease the worker is trying to obtain compensation for must be work-related.

Nevertheless, even though state regulation prohibits employers from denying workers compensation claims based on immigration status, some still try to circumvent the laws. If you feel that you or a family member have been denied workers comp benefits due in part to your immigration status, you must consult with a experienced workers compensation attorney immediately.

Workers comp claims can be time-sensitive, so it is vital that you allow a experienced workers compensation attorney to review your workers compensation case to determine your legal options.

Why Should I Hire Your Law Firm to Help Me Obtain Workers Comp Benefits?

Brent Adams & Associates of North Carolina is a law firm passionately committed to assisting injured workers with the claims process. We recognize that there can be a great deal of emotional distress after you are injured on the job and then experience difficulty obtaining benefits and the medical treatment you need during your recovery.

As a result, our workers’ comp attorneys will work diligently to help you receive a settlement that will adequately provide for your needs. Our experienced workers compensation lawyer is familiar with the tactics that workers’ comp insurance providers often use to get out of paying a workers compensation claim and will fight to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. You pay us no money unless we win your case.

Contact our law office at 919-781-7590 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.