Protecting the Rights of Injured Clients
Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Handling First-Time Claims & Workers’ Comp Appeals
Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, all businesses within the private sector with at least three employees (with very few exceptions) must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you work for an employer with three or more employees, and you were injured on the job or suffered an occupational disease, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be difficult, as there are various deadlines to meet, paperwork to fill out, and documents to submit. Even when you do everything correctly, your claim may still be denied. At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we help injured workers with all aspects of workers’ compensation, from filing initial claims to appealing denied claims or early termination of benefits. If you need help with your claim, do not hesitate to reach out to our team today.
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Types of Injuries That Qualify for Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation covers nearly all work-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions. As long as you can prove that your injury or condition is somehow related to your work, you should be able to file a claim and receive compensation.
Some of the most common types of work-related injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions include:
- Back injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Neck and head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Soft tissue injuries
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones/fractures
- Burn injuries
- Asbestos-related illnesses
- Toxic exposure
- Respiratory diseases
- Joint inflammation
- Heat stroke
- Heart attacks
- Certain mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If your injury happened while you were at work or carrying out any work-related activities or duties that benefitted your employer, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The same is true if you were diagnosed with an occupational disease or work-related mental health condition.
What Compensation Can You Receive for a Work-Related Injury?
North Carolina’s no-fault workers’ compensation system provides certain benefits to qualifying claimants, regardless of fault. In exchange, you cannot sue your employer for damages related to your occupational injury, illness, or medical condition.
Depending on the specific details of your situation, you could be entitled to the following workers’ compensation benefits:
- Medical Expenses: Workers’ compensation covers the cost of all medical treatments related to your qualifying injury or illness. This includes emergency transportation costs, hospital fees, treatment costs, medications, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and even transportation to and from medical appointments.
- Temporary Disability: You may qualify for temporary partial disability (TPD) or temporary total disability (TTD) benefits, depending on whether your qualifying injury or illness allows you to return to work in a partial capacity or not at all. TTD benefits are paid at a rate of two-thirds your average weekly wage up to certain maximums and for a set period of time.
- Permanent Disability: If your qualifying injury or illness permanently impacts your ability to return to work or engage in any gainful employment, you could qualify for permanent partial disability (PPD) or permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. The type of permanent disability and the amount you can recover depends on your impairment rating, among other factors.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: In some cases, injured workers may qualify for vocational rehabilitation benefits under North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system. These benefits are intended to help injured workers reenter the workforce and may cover certain costs associated with job retraining, education, etc.
- Death Benefits: North Carolina workers’ compensation provides death benefits to eligible surviving family members when a covered worker dies due to a job-related injury or illness. This benefit includes up to $10,000 in reasonable burial expenses, as well as two-thirds the deceased worker’s average weekly wage for a period of 500 weeks or until the claimant is 18 years old (if they are a minor at the time of filing).
Our Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys can help you understand the types of benefits you may be entitled to receive, as well as the amount in compensation you could be eligible for. Reach out to us today to request a free initial consultation with a member of our team.
Appealing a Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim in North Carolina
Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation claims are denied in North Carolina. There are many reasons why your claim could be denied, but what’s most important is that you know that you have the right to appeal a denied claim.
Below, we’ve provided a brief overview of the workers’ compensation appeals process in North Carolina:
- File a claim (Form 18) with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) to inform them of your intent to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim.
- Submit Form 33 – Request that Claim be Assigned for Hearing with the NCIC to request a formal workers’ compensation appeals hearing.
- Participate in mandatory mediation with your employer (if applicable) to attempt to resolve the issue before proceeding.
- Receive a recommendation from the mediator on whether the issue will be forwarded to the NCIC for a hearing.
- Prepare for your workers’ compensation appeals hearing by gathering pertinent evidence and preparing your case.
- Attend the hearing and wait for the decision from the NCIC Deputy Commissioner assigned to your case.
If you disagree with the NCIC Deputy Commissioner’s decision, you have 15 days to request an appeal with the Full Commission, comprising three judges who will hear and decide on your case.
We strongly recommend that you reach out to a workers’ compensation lawyer right away if your initial claim is denied. An attorney will be able to recommend the next steps and guide you through the process of appealing your denied claim.
When to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
It is a good idea to hire a workers’ compensation attorney from the very beginning. When you trust your workers’ compensation claim to the team at Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, you can focus on recovering from your injury or occupational illness while we handle the various details involved in your case. We can make sure that you do not miss any important deadlines and can help you correctly fill out all necessary paperwork to reduce the risk of your claim being denied. If your claim is denied, however, we can immediately take action to initiate the appeals process.
As your legal team, we will be there to answer your questions and provide the personalized, one-on-one guidance you need throughout the entire process. Our Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers understand the challenges you are facing, and they are prepared to help you seek the full benefits you are owed. We have successfully represented numerous clients in all types of workers’ compensation matters, including initial claims filing processes, denied claim appeals, and more.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with our team today; call (919) 891-8361 or contact us online today to get started.
Over $40,000,000 Recovered We have won over 40 million dollars for our clients since 2012 and counting.
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