By Joseph M. Wilson, Jr., Attorney at Law
The Workers’ Compensation laws were created to ensure that those injured on the job are compensated for their injuries. Workers’ Comp insurance should pay the employee’s medical expenses and a portion of their wages while they recover. If the injury results in permanent disability, the injured worker should receive compensation for the injury and future lost wages. And while it is less common, when a worker dies on the job, his or her family is entitled to compensation under the same Workers’ Comp statutes.
Most claims filed for Workers’ Compensation are set forth by the North Carolina Industrial Commission guidelines. The injured worker receives the expected benefits, completes medical treatment and returns to work. However, not all cases are this simple. Here are some cases when you might wish to consult with a Workers’ Compensation attorney:
- The claim is denied by the insurance company;
- Disputes arise regarding medical treatment;
- The calculated benefit is less than what the employee believes it should be (this is common in cases where an employee is paid on commission or often works overtime hours);
- The injured party is able to return to work, but not to the same job or one that pays equally well;
- A third-party was responsible for the accident that resulted in the injury;
- The employer is supposed to carry Workers’ Comp insurance but has chosen not to do so;
In each of the above cases, the injured worker may need legal counsel to protect his or her rights. If there are disputes regarding your Workers’ Compensation claim or you believe you are not being treated fairly, it is important to speak to a Workers’ Comp attorney early so you do not lose your rights.
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Merritt Webb handle cases in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Fayetteville and elsewhere in North Carolina. They would be happy to speak with you. Contact Merritt Webb today.