Workers' Compensation Attorneys
For both families and workers, a serious workplace accident can do more than just physical harm. Instead of focusing on your recovery, you may become distracted with feelings of frustration, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future. Who will provide for your loved ones? How are you going to pay your bills? What are your options? It can be extremely overwhelming to be thrown into a process so unfamiliar without any support while you're trying to recover.
If you are injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits can help cover part of the expenses of medical treatment and lost wages. However, getting the benefits that you are entitled to is not a simple task. The insurance company will look for any possible way to destroy your ability to have a legitimate case. Not to mention a simple mistake could jeopardize your claim, and you may lose your right to compensation.
Insurance Companies Take Advantage of Injured, Desperate Workers.
Once your employer's insurance provider discovers you were injured at work, a claims adjuster will be assigned to your case before you even get a chance to start on the road to recovery. But beware, the insurance adjuster is employed by the insurance company, not by you. This means you can't count on them to have you and your family’s best interests in mind. Chances are, they're going to treat you as just another number in their system. Workers' compensation adjusters have their own set of methods for investigating, defending, negotiating, and settling cases. It may feel as though no one is on your side and the insurance company is looking to catch you in a lie. At Henson Fuerst, we believe in our clients. We're on your side.
You're Not Just a Number. Your Case Matters.
When you’re battling the insurance company, you need someone to fight for you every step of the way to prevent your claim from being downplayed or denied so that you receive the right care. You deserve to be treated as a person, not a number. That's precisely what you'll get from Henson Fuerst. We know the hurdles you'll encounter in your pursuit for compensation, and we’ll stand up against the insurance company to ensure that your rights are protected and that you obtain the benefits you are entitled to. We've seen the effects work injuries have on hardworking people. When you don't feel like your voice is being heard, our attorneys will be your advocate.
Whether you were injured in a workplace accident or developed a work-related illness, our lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and expertise required to provide you and your family with the financial relief and stability of workers' compensation benefits. At Henson Fuerst, our North Carolina workers' compensation attorneys will work nonstop to ensure that justice is served in your case. It is our job to help, not make your life more difficult. So, call us today at (919) 781-1107 for a free evaluation of your case.
Meet Our Workers' Compensation Attorney
Joseph S. Hodgin
For nearly twenty years Joseph has dedicated his career to representing the working men and women of North Carolina. He is well known and is routinely consulted with and has cases referred to him by other attorneys across the state. Anything from common injuries such as rotator cuff tears and carpal tunnel syndrome to catastrophic injuries such as head trauma and spinal injuries, are all within his area of expertise. He also takes a special interest in representing our state’s first responders. He has represented and continues to represent EMS workers, police officers, and firefighters.
What Injuries are Covered Under the Workers' Compensation Act?
Workers' compensation covers almost any physical injury sustained at work, as well as a variety of job-related illnesses. The most common injuries named in workers’ compensation claims include:
- Back injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds
- Strains and sprains from overexertion
- Crushed limbs
- Soft tissue injuries
- Respiratory problems
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Knee injuries
- Nerve damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
A prior ailment or condition will not qualify unless the employment requirements substantially worsened it.
How Long Do I Have To File a Workers' Comp Claim in NC?
Employees should submit their claim within thirty days of the accident occurring. Unless the employer pays salary replacement compensation, injury by accident claims must be filed within two years after the date of injury. If the employer has covered the cost of medical care, the claim must be filed within two years after the last payment.
How Much Does Workers' Comp Pay?
It all depends on how much money you're making at the time of the accident. According to state law, a worker in North Carolina is entitled to two-thirds of their average weekly salary each week. The average weekly pay can be calculated in a variety of ways by an insurance company. According to the law, the insurance company must look back one year from the date of the accident to determine how much the worker earned before taxes during that time. The average weekly pay is calculated by dividing that amount by 52 weeks. Then, the earned amount is divided by the number of weeks worked if a person worked less than 52 weeks.
What to Do After Suffering a Work Injury in North Carolina
In North Carolina, there are clear and distinct steps you should follow in order to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. According to the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC), you should follow these steps if you’ve been injured at work:
- Seek medical attention.
If your workplace has a designated healthcare provider, seek medical attention with that provider. If not, seek appropriate medical attention elsewhere.
- Tell your healthcare provider your injuries are work-related.
Communicate the name of your employer and how your accident happened to your healthcare provider. Your provider will use this information to bill your treatment as a workers’ compensation claim.
- Report your injuries to your employer.
As soon as possible, tell your highest-ranking manager or the owner of your company about your injuries. If you can report your injuries in person, do so. Otherwise, have a family member or healthcare provider notify your employer.
- Give your employer written notice of your injuries.
Within 30 days of your accident, send a simple written notice of your injury to your employer. All that is necessary is a brief description of the accident and injury. If you’re unable to write a letter, have a family member or healthcare provider send one. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.
To increase your chances of regaining the level of health you had before your accident, always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.
We Treat Each Case With The Care And Attention It Deserves.
Contact the North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers at Henson Fuerst today for a free consultation. Leave us details about your case or call us at 919-781-1107. A member of our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible and will fight to get the compensation owed to you.
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