When Injuries Affect Your Ability To Work
North Carolina workers’ compensation laws provide benefits to workers injured on the job to compensate their lost wages and medical expenses. However, the workers’ compensation process is not as simple as it may appear.
Many workers do not realize that if a person separate from a worker’s employer is responsible for injuring a worker, additional recovery beyond workers’ compensation benefits could be available.
The Importance Of Reporting Job-Related Injuries
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.
At O’Malley Tunstall PLLC, we thoroughly understand this area of law, and we are available to put every effort toward helping injured workers get the full recovery they are entitled to receive.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys serve Fayetteville and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We 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. We also help injured workers with issues regarding long-term disability insurance benefits.
Representing Clients Suffering From Serious Or Catastrophic Work Injuries
Some work injuries result in catastrophic back and hip injuries that leave workers permanently disabled. In such instances, an injured worker may never be able to return to work. If you are unable to return to work after an injury on the job, our law firm is available to look at the circumstances of your injury and assess how it may impact your future.
Understanding the relationship between these factors allows us to work hard to pursue the maximum recovery you are entitled to receive. We are available to help you file not only a workers’ compensation claim but also—depending on how you were injured—a personal injury claim. If you are unable to return to work, we can help you apply for disability benefits.
Our law firm is able to negotiate with medical and insurance providers to try and reduce the amount of any liens placed on your pending settlement or judgment. We can handle every aspect of helping you recover after your work injury. Our lawyers’ goals are to help each client rebuild his or her life as best as possible following a life-changing injury.
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What You Need To Know About Workers’ Comp
If you were injured at work or while performing your work duties elsewhere, it is important to understand your rights to benefits. The following are common questions we hear at O’Malley Tunstall PLLC. If you have others, don’t hesitate to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer at our office locations in Raleigh or Tarboro.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation laws allow people who have been injured on the job (or while performing work duties elsewhere) to receive benefits without having to go to court.
What kinds of injuries are covered under workers’ compensation law?
All work-related injuries and illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation. However, if you have a preexisting condition that is unrelated to your work, it will not be covered unless your work duties made it worse or aggravated it.
My employer and I disagree about my workers’ compensation benefits. What can I do?
Workers’ compensation laws provide an opportunity for a hearing if you and your employer or your employer’s insurer cannot resolve a dispute. While it is not required, it is a good idea to be represented by an attorney at this hearing.
I was hurt at work, but it wasn’t my employer’s fault. Can I still get workers’ comp benefits?
Workers’ compensation law still applies, and a separate personal injury lawsuit may also be filed against the person or entity who is at fault.
If I return to work while I’m still collecting benefits, will they stop?
You may be able to continue receiving workers’ comp benefits after a return to work in certain circumstances. If you are paid the same or more than what you were making previously, then it is likely that benefits will be stopped. If you’re making less money, however, you may continue to receive wage loss benefits.
I was injured on my way to work. Would that be a workers’ compensation claim?
Getting to and from work may not be covered; however, there are specific exceptions to the “going and coming” rule that may result in the applicability of workers’ compensation.
Do I need a lawyer for my workers’ comp case?
You have a right to have a lawyer help you at any stage of your workers’ compensation claim process. This is a right that no one can take away. Not only will an attorney from O’Malley Tunstall guide you through the process and represent you at any hearings, but we will also fight to get you all the benefits you deserve. Call us at 844-234-8630 with any additional questions. You may also contact us online.