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Many people assume that because they have worked hard and have a good relationship with their employer that they will be taken care of if they suffer an injury or illness due to their job. The truth is that employers and many workers’ compensation insurance carriers often try to escape liability when an employee is hurt on the job.

If you’ve suffered an injury or developed an illness that’s directly related to your work, you have rights. At Speaks Law Firm, we are committed to helping injured workers in Wilmington, North Carolina, and surrounding communities receive the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. Call our Wilmington, NC, workers’ comp lawyers today to discuss your options!

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You deserve compensation for your lost wages and medical bills. Our experienced attorneys will fight for every dollar you’re owed from the insurance company!

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We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you never have to worry about expensive hourly legal fees or upfront costs. In fact, you won’t owe us a penny unless we win for you!

We Know This Is Hard. We’re Here for You.

Suffering an injury or illness because of your job not only affects your health but also your career, finances, and personal life. Even though you’re dealing with serious injuries, life doesn’t stop. Your medical expenses and monthly bills may be piling up and, if your injury prevents you from working, you might not have a way to keep up with your payments. A workplace accident can throw your life into chaos. We see it happen every day.

You should never have to worry about how you’re going to pay your bills and support your family after a workplace injury or illness. Our attorneys at Speaks Law Firm understand what you’re going through and are here to help you through every step of the way.

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Our Results Speak For Themselves

Recovered for Mother Injured by Drunk Driver

$900,000

Awarded for Injuries Sustained from a Fall

$55,000

Child Injured on ATV

$130,000

Correction Officer with a Knee Injury

$90,000

Injuries Sustained from a Head On Collision

$100,000

Injuries in a Truck Accident

$500,000

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Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Typically, workers’ compensation covers all medical expenses required to diagnose and treat your work-related injury or illness. This can include medications, surgeries, doctor’s appointments, and more.

If your injury or illness prevents or limits you from working during your recovery, workers’ compensation may provide disability benefits to help cover a portion of your lost wages. Disability benefits are typically separated into four categories, depending on the severity of your injury:

  • Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
    • If you can still partially perform your duties at work but your earnings are negatively impacted, you may be able to receive temporary partial disability benefits. For example, if your doctor says your injury will only allow you to work a few hours a day, partial disability benefits may be awarded to help supplement your reduced wages.
  • Temporary Total Disability Benefits
    • These benefits are intended for workers whose injuries totally prevent them from working while they recover. Temporary total disability benefits are usually two-thirds of your average weekly wages and end once you return to work or your doctor determines you’ve reached maximum medical improvement.
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
    • If you suffer a permanent impairment that partially hinders your ability to work, you may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits for a period of time.
  • Permanent Total Disability Benefits
    • Your work-related injury or illness may be so severe that it prevents you from returning to your job entirely. If this is the case, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits throughout the duration of your condition.

If an employee dies due to their work-related injury or illness, their spouse, children, or other dependants would be entitled to death benefits and other funeral costs.

Common Causes of Workplace Accidents

There are many ways a worker can become injured on the job. Below are some of the most common causes of workplace accidents our attorneys see. If your work-related injury/illness happened for one of these reasons or any reason and you need help filing a workers’ comp claim, please don’t hesitate to give our Wilmington, NC, workers’ comp lawyers a call.

Lifting Heavy Objects

Without proper technique or equipment, lifting heavy objects can cause sprains, strains, and tears. These injuries can be incredibly painful and may require surgery.

Slip and Falls

Improper footwear, slick floors, and poor lighting are all contributing factors to devastating slip and falls in the workplace. Falls can result in broken bones, dislocated joints, and even brain injuries.

Hazardous Materials

Many workers who are surrounded by hazardous materials at their jobs, run the risk of developing serious skin conditions or lung illnesses. These workplace diseases can lead to life-long disabilities.

Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in North Carolina

The first step to filing a North Carolina workers’ comp claim is to notify your employer of your injuries or illness. Regardless of whether you’ve given verbal notification, you must report your accident to your employer in writing within 30 days.

It is then your employer’s responsibility to notify the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You can also file a Form 18 directly with the North Carolina Industrial Commission which will then send your employer’s insurance company notice of your claim.

Be sure to include the date of your accident, your injuries, and a detailed account of what happened.

In addition to reporting your injury/illness to your employer, you should also seek immediate medical attention. Your employer has the right to select the doctor who will provide your medical treatment for a work-related injury/illness. While you may visit your own doctor, you are required to see any doctor your employer designates.

After receiving medical attention, it’s crucial to follow your doctor’s treatment orders. Failure to do so can jeopardize your workers’ comp benefits.

If you’re struggling with any part of the workers’ compensation system or your claim has been rejected, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney who is experienced in handling workers’ comp claims.

Having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference in your claim. At Speaks Law Firm, our attorneys know the Wilmington workers’ comp laws and can ensure you aren’t taken advantage of by your employer or its insurance company.

What’s more, we can handle all the paperwork and hassles of your claim so that you can focus on getting better. All you have to do is call us.

FAQs

After you’ve been injured at work, you should seek immediate medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it’s important to receive a medical examination to protect your health and your rights.

Within 30 days of your accident, you should notify your employer in writing of your injury. Be sure to include your name, contact information, the time and date of the injury, where and how it happened, and the specifics of the injury.

After receiving written notification of your injury, your employer should file a claim on your behalf with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You should then receive a notice of approval or denial of your claim.

If you have questions about any part of the workers’ comp claims process, our Wilmington, NC, workers’ comp lawyers are here for you every step of the way.

Businesses operating with three or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage in North Carolina. Contact our workers’ comp attorneys at Speaks Law Firm if you have any questions about whether or not your employer carries workers’ compensation or how to seek benefits after an accident.

Receiving a denied workers’ comp claim can be frustrating, but don’t lose hope. You may still be entitled to benefits and can appeal the decision. At this point, it will be to your benefit to contact an experienced Wilmington, NC, workers’ comp lawyer who can help you gather any necessary evidence to support your claim and ensure you have the best chance of getting the money you deserve.

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 you were on the job, you should be entitled to benefits to help cover your medical expenses and lost wages.

This depends on the severity of your injury or illness. The workers’ compensation system is meant to cover your medical bills and lost wages during your recovery and typically will end when you return to work. However, if you have to work for a lower wage due to a disabling condition or you are no longer able to work full time, you may be eligible for loss of working wages.

While a lawyer isn’t required to file a claim, it could potentially make the difference between receiving workers’ compensation or not. In some cases, insurance companies refuse to pay injured employees the benefits they deserve. If you have suffered a work-related illness or injury and are having trouble obtaining benefits, our Wilmington, NC, workers’ comp lawyers are here to help. We’ve helped countless injured workers in Wilmington and surrounding communities obtain the benefits they’re owed.

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