When you are injured or become ill at your workplace or a work-related activity, regardless of whether the injury or illness occurred in connection with your job, you may be eligible for workers compensation. You are entitled to workers compensation benefits even in the absence of your employer’s fault or negligence.
The experienced attorneys at Holt, Longest, Wall, Blaetz & Moseley in Burlington help workers throughout North Carolina get fair compensation for injuries and illnesses sustained in the workplace. Our attorneys help workers obtain coverage for their workers compensation claims, including:
Unlike personal injury and wrongful death claims, workers’ compensation is not based upon fault or negligence. The requirement is that an employee was injured by accident (or by a specific incident regarding the back, neck, or spine) during the course and scope of employment. Each state has its own rules. In North Carolina, those rules are described in Chapter 97 of North Carolina General Statutes.
Every injured employee shall immediately, on the occurrence of an accident, or as soon thereafter as practical, give or cause to be given to the employer a written notice of the accident. No compensation shall be payable unless the written notice is given within thirty days, according to North Carolina General Statute §97-22. You may encounter exceptions, qualifications, and even excuses regarding this rule. But don’t get caught in this trap; please give written notice, and keep a copy for yourself. Workers’ compensation forms can be found at the following website: www.ic.nc.gov
Workers’ compensation does not pay for some damages, such as pain and suffering. Benefits are limited. If you think you are required to perform a task that is dangerous, then don’t do it. If your employer persists, then contact OSHA at 919-807-2796, or write to them at The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, NC Dept. of Labor, 1101 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1101. Attorneys can be of great benefit in making sure that injured workers get the better medical care and full benefits for their impairment.
Holt, Longest, Wall, Blaetz & Moseley provides assistance to workers in and around Burlington, North Carolina who are filing workers compensation claims or appealing workers compensation denials. To consult with our experienced workers compensation attorneys, call Holt, Longest, Wall, Blaetz & Moseley at 336-278-1094 or contact us online.