Welcome to the Workers’ Compensation Center
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), “Every seven seconds, a worker is injured on the job.” Work-related injuries happen frequently and can leave a worker with severe and life-altering damage. If you suffer an injury on the job, you have legal options.
Do you have questions about how an injured employee can get the financial and medical benefits they desperately need? The Mike Lewis Attorneys North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Center is designed to answer many of your questions about workers’ compensation claims.
If you need assistance understanding your benefits or you were denied benefits, our workers’ compensation lawyers can help. Our team of attorneys will need to review the various aspects of your claim to determine your legal options and if you’re eligible to receive benefits.
Explore NC Workers’ Compensation Law
Hazards are everywhere on a job site. For this reason, there are laws in place to keep the workplace safe and ensure that you have the resources available if you get hurt on the job.
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that’s required for almost every employer in North Carolina. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, employers are required to ensure the workplace environment is safe for their employees. For example, employers must post safety notices in areas that are easily accessible and visible to all employees. Additionally, they are required to provide information about how to apply for workers’ compensation, as well as a list of authorized healthcare professionals that employees may visit in the event they’re injured on the job.
Were you injured while working on a construction site? Learn more about construction accident claims.
Suffering an injury while on the job can mean you are unable to work. In this case, you have a right to workers’ compensation to help cover expenses related to your injury, including medical treatment, and some of your lost income. Workers’ comp is a no-fault system, which means you’re entitled to benefits even if you were responsible for your injury. As long as the accident occurred while on the job site, you’re entitled to benefits to help cover your medical expenses and part of your lost wages.
Learn more about workers’ comp benefits for minor to disabling work injuries, such as electrocution, back injuries, sprains, fractures, and more.
Workplace Safety Equipment
No matter the type of work you do, employers must provide all the necessary safety equipment education, and training to minimize dangerous conditions. This applies whether you’re surrounded by dangerous chemicals and need a hazard suit or are dealing with high temperatures and require special insulated gloves. Employers must provide the safety gear needed for your particular work environment.
Learn more about workplace safety equipment and OSHA standards.
When you suffer an injury in the workplace, the first thing you should do is report the accident to your supervisor. After you report the accident, he/she is responsible for giving you an injury report for workers’ compensation and directing you on how to properly fill out the form.
It’s imperative that you report the accident immediately, as failure to notify your employer in a timely fashion could result in your workers’ comp claim being denied.
What to Expect in the Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
While many people don’t think they will suffer a work-related injury, it’s important to know what to expect in the event that you have to file a claim. Listed below are four important steps you can expect to take during the claims process:
1. Notify your employer of the accident
It’s crucial that you inform your employer immediately after the accident. Once your employer is made aware, he/she may give you a form to fill out about your accident or injury. Make sure to complete the form accurately and timely return it. If you fail or wait too notify your employer and/or fill out the form, it could damage your right to benefits.
2. Seek medical attention
Not all work-related injuries are severe, however, it’s best to be evaluated by a medical professional after an accident. A doctor can review your injury and determine what treatment will be required for you to recover. If you fail to seek medical attention, the insurer may assume that you did not suffer any injuries, and you may be denied benefits that could have helped cover expenses.
3. Receive approval or denial of your claim
After your employer files your claim, you can later expect to be informed as to whether or not your claim is approved or denied. In most cases, if your claim is denied, you have the option to request a formal hearing.
4. Contact an attorney if necessary
If your claim was denied, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney about your legal options. If you request a formal hearing, a lawyer can help you gather the documents and information needed for a successful claim.
The Difference Between Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim and a Lawsuit
It’s vital to know the difference between filing a worker’s compensation claim and filing a lawsuit.
In most cases, injured workers are able to file a worker’s compensation claim and receive benefits for their medical expenses and part of their lost wages. Usually, once you file a claim, benefits will begin immediately after you’re approved.
If you’re an employee of the company, you are generally prohibited from suing your employer.
Under limited circumstances, employees can file a lawsuit in order to receive benefits. For example, if your employer purposefully caused you to become injured, you may be able to file a lawsuit in civil court.
If for any reason you have difficulty filing a workers’ comp claim or you were denied benefits, it’s in your best interest to consult an experienced and knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer who can review your case and inform you of your legal options. Every workers’ comp case is different, and results will depend on the specific factors of your case.
Mike Lewis Attorneys Represents Injured Employees in North Carolina
At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we provide legal representation to injured workers who sustained a work-related illness or injury. Our team of attorneys are available seven days a week and has the experience and knowledge to prepare and represent you or your loved one’s workers’ compensation claim.
We understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be to suffer a work-related injury. This type of claim involves numerous details and can be complex without proper legal guidance. With our team on your side, you won’t have to navigate the legal system alone.
Schedule your 100% free, no-obligation legal consultation now. Call our law office today at (866) 299-1769, or fill out our free case evaluation form. We have offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro to best serve the people of North Carolina.