Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in North Carolina Helping Injured Employees Obtain the Justice They Deserve
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 claim. In many instances, the 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 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 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:
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 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 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.
If an employee suffers a fatal 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.
Why Do I Need to Hire a Workers Compensation Lawyer?
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 insurance company to pay them the 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 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 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 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 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 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 knowledgeable attorney immediately.
Workers comp claims can be time-sensitive, so it is vital that you allow a workers’ compensation attorney to review your 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 legal team is familiar with the tactics that workers’ comp insurance providers often use to get out of paying claims and will fight to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. You pay us no money unless we win your case.