North Carolina Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Charlotte On The Job Lawyers Representing You
If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The Charlotte workers' compensation lawyers at Warren & Kallianos can help.
The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act is designed to protect workers from the financial hardship associated with on-the-job injuries, including medical expenses and lost capacity to earn wages. Not everyone injured on the job is limited to just workers' compensation benefits. Our attorneys have handled all types of workers' compensation claims and can help you determine what benefits you may be entitled to, or whether you may be entitled to compensation other than that provided by the Act.
The specific benefits provided under the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act include payment of medical expenses during the healing period. Generally, any reasonably necessary medical expense will be covered, including surgical, hospital and nursing services, prescription medication, and travel of more than ten miles one way for medical appointments. Under some circumstances, an injured employee can obtain payment of future medical expenses for treatment related to the on-the-job injury, potentially for life.
In addition to medical expenses, the Act provides for payment of disability benefits to those persons injured so seriously they cannot work or are limited in work they can do. The amount of disability compensation received is directly related to the injured employee's gross, or pre-tax, earnings before the injury. Typically, the disability compensation is two-thirds of the average weekly wage earned by the injured employee with the employer for the 52 weeks immediately prior to the injury, including overtime. The determination of the average weekly wage is of critical importance because it is the basis for most, if not all, compensation paid to the employee.
For those employees unfortunate enough to have sustained a permanent injury, additional disability compensation may be available. In some permanent injury cases, the treating physician may assign a percentage impairment rating to the body part that was injured, equating to a specific dollar amount of compensation based on the employee's average weekly wage and a statutory schedule of benefits. In other cases, the injury may be so severe as to prevent an employee's return to suitable work. In such cases, the injured employee will be entitled to disability compensation for life.
For workers disabled as the result of an on-the-job injury, any return to work can present many legal issues, such as whether the job offered is suitable under North Carolina law. The determination of whether a job is suitable can have life-long consequences for the injured employee. The Charlotte workers' compensation lawyers at Warren & Kallianos realize how important it is for an injured worker to protect his or her earning capacity. Contact Warren & Kallianos for a FREE CONSULTATION regarding your workers' compensation case.