Workplace injuries can be complicated
Hard working people are injured on the job each day in North Carolina. These injuries can range from transportation or motor vehicle related injuries, lifting injuries, fires and explosions, construction injuries, machine or mechanical related injuries, slips and falls, and even accidents caused by co-workers or third-parties. Many injured workers think their employer will help with their claim.
Even if you have a great relationship with your employer, sometimes an insurance company becomes involved and things get complicated. The workers’ compensation insurer uses professionals that will investigate your injury. Sometimes they do everything they can to diminish or even outright deny your claim. Often there is nothing your employer can do to stop them. Even worse, sometimes employers turn their back to injured workers for fear of increased premiums or other consequences to their business.
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What can injured employees recover?
Workers claiming entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits may obtain two types of benefits: medical benefits and lost wage benefits. Unfortunately, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act does not permit the recovery of damages for pain and suffering.
You must take steps now to protect your rights to medical treatment and lost wage benefits. Quickly contacting our attorneys at Horton & Mendez can help. We can guide you through the injury reporting process, help you get the medical treatment you need, and will work toward getting a weekly check started to help pay bills while you are recovering and unable to work.