Raleigh Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Filing for Workers’ Compensation Benefits in North Carolina
Employers in North Carolina who regularly have more than three employees are required to carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance to provide for employees who may be injured while working. If you were hurt at work, while you were on the job, or while you were at a required or voluntary company event, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. You need to make sure you have notified your employer of your injury as soon as possible, and you will be asked to fill in a form, called a Form 18 describing how the accident occurred. Many people don’t realize that what they write on that form and on the accident report can be used to deny or limit their benefits, depending on the circumstances.
Only certain types of accidents are covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance, with a few exceptions. Usually, the insurance will cover injuries that occurred because of an accident that took place while doing something that is related to your job. If your injury did not occur because of a specific accident, it may still be covered by Workers’ Compensation depending on the circumstances, such as diseases caused by exposure to chemicals or materials used at your workplace. Also, jobs that require repetitive motions can cause an increased risk for certain diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you are not sure or believe that your specific condition or injury may be covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance, an experienced lawyer will be able to determine whether you should be compensated for your injury. Workers’ Compensation is different from Personal Injury in that it does not provide any payment for pain & suffering. Generally, Workers’ Compensation provides compensation for medical expenses, disability, and 2/3 of your regular income while you cannot work.
Your company and its insurance carrier have attorneys who advise them what to do. You want to make sure you have an experienced attorney advising you from the very beginning as well to ensure you are fully compensated for your injury and any future issues caused by your injury. If you have suffered a work-related injury, call me. I can guide you through this very complicated process and help you get the compensation you deserve.
How a Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
Kurtz & Blum, PLLC is dedicated to helping folks who are injured on the job file workers’ compensation claims and receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If you suffered an accidental injury or contracted an occupational disease while at work, contact a workers’ compensation claim lawyer at Kurtz & Blum, PLLC for a free initial consultation. You may be able to receive financial benefits under North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act.
Except in extremely limited cases, if you are hurt on the job, the only way you can be compensated for your injuries is under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
Because available benefits are limited, it is extremely important to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who will help you evaluate and maximize your claim. When you call Kurtz & Blum, PLLC with a potential workers’ compensation claim, there is no fee for the consultation. If we do not think you need an attorney or if you want to try to pursue your claim on your own, there is no obligation. However, if things turn sour with the insurance company, we will always be ready to help you.
The Workers’ Compensation claim process is extremely regimented. After missing seven consecutive days of work, an injured worker may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation.Also known as the compensation rate, TTD is 66 percent of the injured worker’s average weekly wage. Medical treatment, prescriptions, and mileage for medical treatment related to the work injury may also be covered.
After a person reaches maximum medical improvement, the treating physician assigns a permanent partial disability (PPD) rating to the injured body part. The worker is paid for his or her permanent partial disability based on a numerical formula laid out by statute.
For more information on workers comp claims, watch the video above. For information on how the law applies to your specific case, please contact a workers’ compensation lawyer at Kurtz & Blum, PLLC today.
Our personal injury attorneys help people throughout North Carolina. We frequently handle cases arising out of the following counties: Edgecombe, Wake, Harnett, Vance, Vance, Forsyth, Alamance, Cumberland, Johnston, Orange, Chatham, Granville, Wayne, Durham, Person, Guilford, Lee and Nash.
Of course, we also take on cases from the cities and towns in our own backyard of Wake County, North Carolina including: Morrisville, Wendell, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest, Rolesville, New Hope, Zebulon, Garner, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Apex and Knightdale.