Workers’ Compensation Claims
Have you been injured at work? Did you suffer an accident while on the job? If so, you may be entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. Employees are typically eligible to receive “Workers’ Comp” for total disability equal to two-thirds or 66% of their gross average weekly pay if they suffer an injury that “arises out of and in the course and scope of their employment”. The injury must occur while the employee is carrying out activities for the benefit of their employer. In addition, the injury must be an “accident” or be the result of a “specific traumatic incident”.
Workers’ compensation claims as a result of workplace injuries involve a complicated and frustrating process. At Daggett Shuler in North Carolina, our attorneys work closely with you to guide you through all the steps of your work related injury case as we vigorously pursue your worker’s compensation benefits.
Every Workers’ Compensation claim is different, every injury is different, and every employee is different. Don’t speak with anyone except your lawyer, doctors, and other medical care providers regarding your claim.
Be careful when talking with rehabilitation nurses, case managers, or vocational experts about your case and about your feelings concerning your case or your job or your return to work.
If you have been injured at work, we urge you to contact a Daggett Shuler workers’ comp attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Obtaining qualified legal counsel early in the process can help ensure your work compensation claim is handled appropriately. We have a Board Certified Specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law to help manage your claim.
Depending on the extent of your injuries and the facts of your case, you may also be eligible to receive short-term disability and long-term disability insurance benefits. We can help guide you and advise you on how such disability insurance benefits, as well as Social Security Disability benefits and Medicare benefits, can impact your workers’ compensation case. We can also help guide you through your medical treatment and request the Industrial Commission to approve a specific physician or a specific type of treatment, if needed.
Helping Injured Workers with a Wide Range of Work Injuries
Our clients work in a variety of occupations. We represent truck drivers, construction workers, nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), factory workers, skilled laborers, trades people, clerical and office workers, warehouse employees, teachers, state and city employees, home health aides, loggers, physical therapists, professionals, and other individuals who are injured on the job. Whether you injured your back or neck as a result of lifting, you were in a work-related car accident, or you suffered exposure to toxic chemicals, our lawyers will fight for you to receive the work comp benefits and medical treatment to which you are entitled.
Working to Prove that Your Injury and Disability are Work Related
An injury at work can happen suddenly, such as lifting a heavy object, a blow to the head, a fall from a ladder, or a construction site accident. Usually there is little question that these types of injuries should be covered by workers’ compensation. However, workers’ comp insurance companies frequently deny valid work injuries and occupational disease claims by trying to blame an injury and/or disability on non-work related activities or a pre-existing health condition.
The workers comp. attorneys at Daggett Shuler and our Board Certified Specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law know how to investigate your claim, negotiate with the workers’ comp insurance company, and present a strong case at a workers’ compensation hearing, if needed. We are committed to protecting your rights as a hard-working employee who was injured on the job. We can also provide valuable advice on how potential Social Security Disability benefits, Medicare benefits, and/or disability insurance benefits interact with your workers’ compensation case.
Comprehensive Representation Throughout the Work Comp Claim Process
The workers’ compensation claims process is complicated. Daggett Shuler workers’ compensation attorneys provide personal services to our clients throughout the course of their claims. Our attorneys stand up for your rights by filing your claim (a Form 18), guiding you through your medical treatment, working toward a possible lump sum settlement, fighting a denial of benefits or medical treatment if necessary, and presenting your case at workers’ comp hearings and appeals. Our goal is to make sure you receive all of your workers’ compensation benefits in as timely a manner as possible.
Do not sign anything about your Worker’s Compensation claim unless you speak with an attorney.
Do not sign any paperwork regarding a settlement or a permanent partial disability rating unless you have consulted with an attorney regarding your rights.
Call Daggett Shuler to learn more about how our firm can help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you may deserve following a workplace injury.
If you have a Workers’ Compensation claim or have questions about your rights, Daggett Shuler is here to help you. We will be happy to answer your questions. Schedule a Free Case Evaluation. You will only pay an attorney fee if we help you receive benefits or a settlement and the Industrial Commission approves the attorney fee.