Too often the security of your job comes to an abrupt halt when you are injured while at work. When you are injured on the job, making ends meet becomes nearly impossible, especially with mounting medical bills. For that exact reason workers’ compensation exists – entitling injured workers to possibly seek collection benefits for replacement income, medical expenses or occasionally vocational rehabilitation.
If your employer denies your fair claim, you don’t have to navigation through the system alone. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA know Workers’ Compensation law, and we have experience in getting much needed benefits to help keep our clients afloat.
Depending on your location, industry and employer, the amount and duration of benefits you are entitled to may vary. These laws have been established to protect workers:
- The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act applies to workers suffering work-related injuries in North Carolina, or to those injured outside North Carolina if the employer’s principal place of business is in North Carolina or the employee’s principal place of employment is in North Carolina.
- The Federal Employment Liability Act applies specifically to injured, disabled or killed railroad workers.
- The Merchant Marine Act/ Jones Act provides benefits to seaworkers when they are injured or killed on the job.
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits to seaworkers suffering from an occupational disease.
- The Black Lung Benefits Workers’ Compensation Act protects workers who are injured in the mining industry.
- The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Workers’ Compensation Act provides benefits to Department of Energy workers who are killed or injured on the job.
If your injury is deemed work-related, workers’ compensation benefits may include payments for:
- Medical Benefits to cover reasonable and necessary medical expenses as a result of the injury.
- Lost Wage Benefits may be granted if your physician restricts you from working for a period of 7 or more days, after an initial 14 day period. You may be eligible for disability benefits if you are unable to return to work permanently. Partial benefits may be available if you return to work with a loss in hourly or salary earnings.
- Specific Loss Benefits may be granted if your injury resulted in the loss of hearing, vision, loss of a limb, or scarring or disfigurement of hands, neck or face. Dependents of workers killed on the job may also be entitled to benefits.
Work related injuries should be reported immediately to the supervisor and a written report filed. In order to prove that a client is eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits, a skilled attorney will need to demonstrate that the employee suffered a true injury that requires medical care, and that the injury resulted during a work-related situation.
Construction Site Accidents
Prosecution of construction site accidents can be tricky. Because employees choose to endure the inherent risks on-site daily, they are aware of the nature of the job choice. Serious injuries and even wrongful death occurs more than in other trades, but an experienced attorney will investigate the accident to determine and demonstrate that it resulted specifically from negligence or unsafe conditions above and beyond the inherent risks of the job.
We understand workers’ compensation regulations and we know how to get you the money you deserve to provide for your family and meet medical responsibilities.
For fair, aggressive legal help, trust the experience of one of our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers.