Workplace Injuries Can Be Complex, But We’re Here to Help You
Workplace injuries are often severe, debilitating, and may even be disabling. For many workers, a workplace injury means missing weeks or months of work. Fortunately, many employers offer workers’ compensation, which can provide you with benefits if you have been injured on the job. However, the truth of the matter is that many workers’ compensation carriers and even employers try to avoid liability in the event of a workplace injury. Even if you have a great relationship with your employer, your injury can quickly become complicated and stressful. That’s where we come in.
If you were injured on the job, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Horton & Mendez are here to help. You have rights, and we are committed to advocating for those rights and helping you get the compensation you are entitled to. Contact our Wilmington, North Carolina attorneys today for a free case consultation.
Common Types of Workers’ Compensation Injuries
Every day, hard-working people suffer from workplace injuries. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced with a variety of injuries across a wide spectrum of industries. The most common workplace injuries include:
- Broken or fractured bones or other orthopedic injuries – These types of injuries often result from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, or construction-related accidents such as falling from heights or machinery accidents. These types of injuries are also often severe and generally result in significant medical bills and missed work.
- Back injuries – Many jobs require lifting, and without proper equipment and technique, which can lead to back pain and injury. Often back injuries can be debilitating and may result in surgeries and physical therapy.
- Hazardous materials exposure – Workers who interact with hazardous materials in their jobs have the additional risk of illness caused by those materials. Exposure to toxins can lead to respiratory problems, skin conditions, or lung illnesses that may cause lifelong problems.
Common Types of Workers’ Compensation Accidents
From motor vehicle accidents to construction accidents, there are many ways you may be injured on the job. Some of the more common types of workplace accidents include:
- Slip and falls
- Crashes or collisions
- Machinery accidents
- Fire or explosions
Many of these accidents can be prevented, and it’s important that workers take precautions to do their jobs safely. Stay aware of your surroundings and follow established policies, procedures, and safety measures. If you are injured on the job, do not wait to seek medical attention. Even if your injury seems minor, many injuries can progress over time and may become serious.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you’re likely wondering what workers’ compensation benefits are available to you. Workers’ compensation benefits generally fall into four categories:
- Medical benefits – Medical benefits are the most common benefit used in workers’ compensation cases. Medical benefits generally cover doctor visits, medications, surgeries, or procedures resulting from workplace injuries. In most cases, this benefit covers generally accepted medical practices, and you may have difficulty getting experimental or nontraditional treatments covered.
- Disability benefits – Disability benefits are used to compensate you for part of the wages you lose if you are unable to work due to your injury. Disability benefits may be temporary or permanent depending on the type of injury sustained and will vary based on the extent of the disability.
- Rehabilitation benefits – Rehabilitation benefits come into play if you require medical care to recover from your injury, such as physical therapy to help you regain the movements necessary to return to work.
- Death benefits – If an employee dies as a result of a workplace injury, death benefits may be provided to the deceased employee’s relatives who were financially dependent on the deceased employee, such as a spouse or child.
The Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident and want to file a workers’ compensation claim, it is important that you follow certain steps:
- If you have not already sought medical attention, do so immediately. It’s critical that you seek medical attention in a timely manner.
- Seek out a workers’ compensation attorney. These claims can be complicated. Don’t go through the process alone. An experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney will give you an advantage as you pursue your claim. We will fight for you and help you get the compensation you deserve. In addition, an attorney will help ensure you meet all notice requirements and other important deadlines to preserve your claim.
- Keep records and receipts. As you work with your lawyer to build your case, you want to make sure you have records of your injury and the treatments. Keep track of all doctor appointments, save receipts for any medications prescribed for the injury, and obtain doctor’s notes for days of work you miss due to your injury.
- Communicate with your lawyer. Make sure to keep your lawyer informed of any new developments or changes to your treatments. These facts may affect your claim, and it’s important that your lawyer be apprised of all details to provide you with the most effective representation.
How We Can Help You
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, you need to focus on resting and recovering. Let us take away the stress and handle the complex parts of your claim. Our attorneys are here to help you build a strong case and navigate through potential settlements and hearings. We have experience handling worker’s compensation claims and fighting for the rights of our injured clients. Through research, we’ll help establish a clear connection between your injury and your job and advocate for maximum compensation for your injury.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation With a Wilmington Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Our experienced team of attorneys is ready to help you with your worker’s compensation claim. Contact our office to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We do not charge a fee unless you receive compensation.