Employees who are injured on the job should be able to rely on the North Carolina workers’ compensation system for help. NC Workers’ Compensation Insurance is meant to provide medical care, cover medical bills, replace a percentage of lost wages, and help with certain other needs related to injuries or illnesses that workers suffer. Unfortunately, seeking workers’ compensation benefits can be a complex, stressful process, especially when you are dealing with insurance companies and their adjusters.
A skilled North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney can make sure you receive the medical care you need, prepare your paperwork, document your injuries, and negotiate with the insurance company to make sure your rights are protected and your benefits are maximized. Your work injury lawyer can also search out other potential sources of additional compensation, such as a third-party claim against someone other than your employer and co-workers whose carelessness contributed to your accident.
The workplace injury attorneys at Warren & Kallianos are dedicated to helping clients navigate the workers’ compensation system in North Carolina and protecting their rights under the law. Our goal is to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys have secured millions of dollars in workers’ comp settlements and other help for injured employees over the years whether by hearing or mediation. Our success in winning maximum compensation for clients has made us members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition, the members of our legal team have been recognized as Super Lawyers, and selected in the Best Lawyers in America and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
If you have been injured on the job, let us get started on your workers’ comp claim today. We can determine whether you may be able to bring a separate claim against another person or company that is not covered by the workers’ compensation system. Contact us now to schedule a free case consultation with a workers compensation attorney in Charlotte, NC.
Why You Need Warren & Kallianos for Your Workers’ Comp Claim
The workers’ compensation system in North Carolina is designed to protect workers who have been injured on the job, but many times, our attorneys have found that the insurance companies are just looking to protect their bottom lines.
When you choose to work with Warren & Kallianos, attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos will be handling your workers’ compensation case personally. Unlike with the insurance companies, which see you as a claim number, we treat every client with the respect and personal attention you deserve. We will start by giving you a free case consultation to cover all aspects of your workers’ compensation claim.
Some of the ways in which we typically help clients who need workers’ compensation benefits are:
- Making sure you get proper medical treatment. Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you need emergency care for a serious injury or symptoms of an occupational illness. See a medical professional as soon as you can. Tell the staff who treat you that this is a work-related injury or illness. Often times, the insurance company will deny medical care ordered by your treating physician. Our worker’s compensation attorneys will aggressively fight for all the medical care you need to recover from your injuries, going to a hearing before the N.C. Industrial Commission if necessary.
- Reporting your injury or illness to your employer. If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, tell your employer as soon as possible. If you require emergency care, you may ask a family member or a co-worker to tell your supervisor as soon as possible. Our attorneys will prepare the required written notice you need to file with your employer and the Industrial Commission.It will include the date of the accident or the onset of symptoms and a brief description of what happened and how you were injured.
- Filling out the state’s forms. Our work compensation lawyers make sure all the necessary forms are filled out and turned in to theNorth Carolina Industrial Commission to start the process of getting your bills paid and making sure you receive the other benefits you are entitled to under the law.
- Making sure your claim is solid. It is essential that you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Fill medications and take them on schedule, attend all follow-up appointments, and go to any specialists or testing your doctor recommends. If you do not follow your doctor’s instructions, your health may be at risk and your claim for workers’ compensation may be challenged.
- Providing assistance if your claim has been denied or you need to request a hearing. Our work compensation lawyers will provide skilled representation through the entire claims process, including fighting for your rights to compensation in hearingsbefore the Industrial Commission. We make sure the work you return to is suitable, fits within any physical restrictions set by your treating physician and is not make work designed to cut off your benefits under the law. If you are unable to return to work, we make sure you continue to recover the full benefits and protection of the law.
What North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Covers
Workers’ compensation pays a number of costs related to having your workplace injury or illness treated. Most injured workers can expect workers’ compensation coverage for:
- Medical Costs. Office visits, testing, medications, and other items related to treating your on-the-job injury or illness are typically covered by workers’ compensation. Often, this includes the costs of emergency care and treatments, as well as follow-up visits prescribed by your doctor.
- Sick Travel Reimbursement. If you must travel 20 miles or more round-trip for medical care, workers’ compensation should compensate you for mileage.
- Lost-Time Weekly Benefits. If you are out of work for more than seven days, you should receive weekly compensation at two-thirds of your average weekly wage up to a maximum amount ($944 per week as of 2016). If you are out of work for more than 21 days, you may receive benefits for the first seven days in addition to the other days you are out of work. You are eligible for these benefits until you are able to return to work.
- Permanent Partial or Total Disability Benefits. These benefits are paid if you are partly or totally disabled even after your doctors have determined you have reached “maximum medical improvement,” which means your condition is not expected to improve any further.
Your work injury lawyer can help you understand how other types of workers’ compensation benefits, such as death benefits if a family member dies in an on-the-job accident, may apply to your situation.
Can I File a Lawsuit Over My Job-Related Injuries?
Generally speaking, you may not sue your employer if you are injured on the job – even if the injury or illness was your employer’s fault. The purpose of workers’ compensation is to provide certain benefits in a timely manner for your injuries without having to take your employer to court to argue about whether the company – or you – was responsible for or the cause of the accident.
However, if you are injured on the job due to the negligence of someone who is not your employer or a co-worker, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the negligent party. These claims are typically called “third-party” claims because they involve a person or company that is not you or your employer.
Common types of third-party claims an injured worker might have in addition to a workers’ compensation claim include:
- Motor Vehicle Accident. If you are in a car accident while traveling for your job or working on or near a roadway, you may be able to file a claim against a negligent driver who caused the crash. However, car accidents during your commute from home to work usually are not covered by workers’ comp.
- Product Liability. If you are injured by a defective tool, equipment, or other item you use on the job, you may have a claim against the manufacturer, designer, or distributor of the defective product.
- Premises Liability. If you visit other properties as part of your job and you are injured by a dangerous condition on the premises like broken pavement, dangerous stairs, or water on the floor, for example, you may have a claim against the property owner.
Choosing a Work Accident Attorney Who Will Fight for You
Attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos are passionate about fighting for the rights of those who have been injured on the job. * Some of the results we’ve achieved while representing the rights of workers include workers’ compensation recoveries such as:
- $300,000 for a client who suffered a severe infection while being treated for a work-related injury.
- $275,000 for a client who suffered injuries when he was electrocuted during his work as an electrician.
- $250,000 for a client who suffered neck and back injuries in a car accident while he was traveling for his job as a salesperson.
- $225,000 for a client who suffered brain and orthopedic injuries in a construction site fall
Every workers’ compensation case is different because every injury and every client is unique. We put our experience to work by listening carefully to your needs, investigating the details of your case, and advocating strongly for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
For a free consultation, contact us today.