Protecting the Rights of Injured Clients
Durham Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Representing the Rights of Injured Workers Throughout Durham County
If you were injured on the job or suffered a work-related injury, illness, or medical condition, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In North Carolina, any employer in the private sector with three or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance covers nearly all employees and provides benefits to those who cannot work, either temporarily or permanently, as a result of their work-related injuries.
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we help clients with all aspects of workers’ compensation, from understanding their rights and eligibility for benefits to filing claims and navigating the appeals process. We have a long history of success helping injured workers recover the benefits they were owed under North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system; learn how our firm can assist you with your claim today.
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What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers' compensation is a no-fault system of insurance developed to provide benefits to injured workers or their families in the event of job-related injury, illness, or death. Under this system, employees are entitled to receive medical care and wage replacement while they are unable to work due to a workplace injury or illness. At the same time, employers are protected from being sued by their employees for a job-related illness or injury.
Workers' compensation is an important benefit that provides financial security for individuals who have been affected by a workplace accident or occupational disease. If you work for a North Carolina employer with at least three employees, you are covered by workers’ compensation and can seek benefits when you suffer a job-related injury, illness, or medical condition.
What Types of Work-Related Injuries Are Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation covers all work-related injuries and occupational illnesses, including some mental health conditions. If you can prove that your injury or medical condition occurred at work or in some way related to your work, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Some examples of common work-related injuries and illnesses that are usually covered by workers’ compensation include:
- Back injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic amputation/loss of limb
- Burn injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Overuse/overexertion injuries
- Respiratory illnesses
- Hearing damage/loss
- Infectious diseases
- Stress and certain other mental health disorders
If you sustained a work-related injury or occupational illness and need help with your workers’ compensation claim, reach out to Hyland + Padilla, PLLC for a free consultation. We can discuss your legal rights and options at no cost and with no obligation to you.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in North Carolina
The North Carolina workers’ compensation system provides several different types of benefits to qualifying claimants.
These benefits include:
- Medical Care: Workers’ compensation pays for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your workplace injury or occupational disease.
- Temporary Partial Disability: Temporary partial disability (TPD) is paid to workers who can only return to work in a partial capacity due to their qualifying injuries.
- Temporary Total Disability: Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are paid when a worker cannot return to work temporarily due to their qualifying injury.
- Permanent Partial Disability: If you suffer a permanent partial disability that prevents you from ever returning to work at full capacity, you could qualify for permanent partial disability (PPD).
- Permanent Total Disability: Permanent total disability (PTD) is awarded to workers whose injuries are so severe, they are completely disabled and unable to return to any form of work.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational rehabilitation benefits help cover certain expenses associated with job retraining and reentry into the workforce.
- Death Benefits: When a worker dies in a workplace accident or as a result of an occupational disease, certain family members may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.
Our Durham workers’ compensation attorneys can help you understand what types of benefits you may be entitled to receive, as well as the amount you can expect in workers’ compensation.
What to Do If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied
Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims are denied. If this happens to you, you have the right to appeal. We strongly recommend that you work with an experienced workers’ compensation appeals attorney, like those at Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, as the appeals process can be lengthy, complex, and confusing. An attorney at our firm can help you file your appeal and navigate the ensuing process, including preparing for and attending appeals hearings.
We are committed to securing maximum compensation for hard-working people who suffer devastating job-related injuries and illnesses. We are prepared to be your advocate and guide, helping you protect your rights and seeking the full amount in benefits you are owed.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for a Free Consultation
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not collect any upfront or out-of-pocket legal fees. Instead, our attorneys only get paid if/when they recover a settlement or verdict for you. Once we have successfully secured compensation on your behalf, our fees are paid via a percentage of your total recovery.
We are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. Our Durham workers’ compensation lawyers have extensive experience navigating workers’ compensation claims and appeals, and we are ready to help you fight for the benefits you are owed.
Call us at (919) 891-8361 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.
Over $40,000,000 Recovered We have won over 40 million dollars for our clients since 2012 and counting.
Over 7000 Cases Handled We have represented thousands of personal injury clients since 1999.
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