If you have been injured on the job while working in North Carolina you may need a lawyer to help with your claim for lost benefits and medical expenses. Our workers’ compensation lawyers have handled numerous cases where employees were injured at work and have taken them to every level of appeal through the Industrial Commission and all the way to the North Carolina Supreme Court. Ask SuperLawyers: Do I need an Attorney for Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina Please remember you must not rely upon your company to report your injury to the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You have a duty to complete a Form 18 yourself (Employees notice of Injury to the North Carolina Industrial Commission). If you have any questions about whether you should compete a Form 18 or how to obtain one from the North Carolina Industrial Commission please give us a call. Our attorneys are involved in assisting injured workers with their rights after serious head injuries, herniated discs, neck injuries, back injuries, broken bones and injuries resulting in serious surgeries. Youtube: Joe Tunstall discusses the need for a work comp attorney in NC If you are a worker who was injured in an accident in your workplace, you may be entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. Please report your on the job injury swiftly and to the correct person within your company. Often workers’ compensation claims become complicated simply because of poor reporting of the injury itself. If you were involved in a car crash while working you may be entitled to both workers’ compensation and personal injury recoveries. In order to recover for both, often an attorney may assist by negotiating the workers’ compensation liens or having a hearing in front of a resident superior court judge pursuant to statute to have the workers’ compensation lien reduced or extinguished. If you were seriously hurt on the job by the negligence of another you may want to discuss your claims immediately. Compensable workplace injuries include most back or hernia injuries, regardless of the cause, other injuries such as broken bones or injuries to the joints caused by accident and occupational diseases such as black lung, brown lung and other diseases peculiar to a certain industry. Your rights after a workplace injury are narrowly defined by the General Statutes; however, a large body of case law has developed explaining these statutes. At O'Malley Tunstall we speak with injured workers quite often that may not need an attorney to resolve their issues. If we can assist you, we will not hesitate to put you in touch with the correct person at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Attorney for Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina The North Carolina Department of Labor promotes the health, safety and general welfare of over 4 million workers at over 238,000 businesses in this state. Whether you suffer from physical, emotional, mental disabilities or occupational-related disease, your employer provided insurance should give financial support. The laws require that your employer, or your employer’s insurance company, compensate you, or your family, for injuries or death that occur during the performance of your job. Under the Workers’ Compensation program, you may be entitled to benefits that include:
- Weekly benefits while you are temporarily totally disabled and unable to work.
- Payment of your medical expenses.
- Weekly payments or a lump sum payment for partial or total disability resulting from a work related injury.
. If you have had a serious injury, do not settle your case without the advice of any attorney who practices in this area. A settlement in a workers’ Compensation case is often called a clincher. By signing the clincher you may be waiving compensation that you are already due. There is no fee to call our office and discuss your workers’ compensation claim. You may benefit from having a firm represent you that also handles Social Security Disability claims, for which you may be qualified if you have been out of work for at least one (1) year. Often we can assist an injured worker with both workers’ compensation as well as Social Security Disability.