If you were injured on the job, you may qualify for compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages and a settlement for your injuries. In order to keep Raleigh up and running, our city needs workers to perform dangerous jobs, such as construction workers, city maintenance workers, or utility employees. Work related injuries are not limited to high risk jobs. A workers’ comp injury in Raleigh can occur on any job, and can arise from heavy lifting, falling objects, and motor vehicle accidents. Accidents that happen while on the clock often result in devastating consequences. Injuries can be severe, and often leave victims unable to perform their previous job duties for months at a time, or even permanently. All of a sudden, income that families’ relied on is no longer available while medical bills grow.
Worker’s compensation is legislation first enacted in 1929 in the state of North Carolina. Under the Worker’s Compensation Act, an employer cannot fire, layoff, or refuse to hire an individual for attempting to pursue worker’s compensation. On the other hand, an employee cannot sue his or her employer for injuries sustained while on the job. Instead, most employers are required to provide worker’s compensation insurance in the event that an employee is injured while performing job duties. The Raleigh workman’s compensation lawyers at Auger & Auger are skilled when it comes to handling your work accident and injuries in Raleigh. Focus on healing and leave the rest in our capable hands.
When injuries are serious and result in prolonged treatment, obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated. Our Raleigh worker’s compensation attorneys know the ins and outs of the system and how to ensure that you are getting what you rightfully deserve. We will ensure that all forms are filed in a timely manner to assure you of appropriate award payments.
Most victims of workplace injuries rely solely on worker’s compensation to cover costs. Standard benefits include:
Filing for worker’s compensation can be confusing and complex. If you were injured on the job, be sure to notify your employer immediately. Filing a Notice of Accident (Form 18) must be done within 30 days of injury. Also, seek medical treatment right away and notify your medical provider that you sustained your injuries at work. At Auger & Auger, we cannot stress enough how important it is to take advantage of your free consultation. Even if you decide not to retain the services of a worker’s compensation attorney, we can offer you invaluable advice about your claim. Remember, your employer may not always be on your side. It is important to obtain an unbiased opinion about your rights and options under North Carolina and federal law. Your initial meeting with one of our highly skilled attorneys is always free, no matter how long the meeting lasts. Our hope is to give you piece of mind, even if we are unable to help you.
After a Raleigh worker’s compensation claim is filed, we will handle all aspects of your claim while you focus on your medical treatment and healing. Once your claim is approved, Worker’s Compensation claims will cover all of your medical expenses and you may be entitled to other benefits as well. If your claim was rejected, it is in your best interest to secure the help of a seasoned worker’s compensation to protest and repeal your rejected claim.
Call us today for any questions or concerns you may have. We have proudly represented victims with workplace injuries for over 20 years. We have the experience you can depend on.