Have you been injured on the job and have questions about workers’ comp? Check out these 3 workers compensation facts to learn what is available for you.
1) Timeline for Workers’ Comp
The other day, someone called me from North Carolina, and they said my case never seems to be ending. Why is it taking so long? I asked some more questions of that person, and I said, well, what kind of injuries have you had? What kind of treatment have you had? Have you had any surgeries? Are you going to have to have any more surgeries? Who’s paying for this medical treatment? Your case goes along with the medical treatment that has to occur, and doctors will take their time doing their best to get you well even if it takes a long time for you to heal. The legal part of a workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina doesn’t really heat up until you are at the end of your healing period, so your workers’ compensation claim will last as long as it takes you to reach something called maximum medical improvement, which means that you’ve gotten as well as you’re going to be from this injury.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t need an attorney all along because employers, even good ones at times or workers’ compensation carriers, will play tricks while all of this is going on, but the bottom line to answer the question is your case will take as long as it takes for your body to heal. The two are related to each other. If you need more medical treatment, then the legal part of your case is not ripe for any type of settlement because if you’ve got more medical treatment, that means you’re going to have more bills, and if you settle your case too soon, how are you going to pay those bills later? If you are having problems with a case that seems to be dragging on, you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Feel free to call my office in North Carolina, and we will be glad to help.
2) Injured While Working from Home
The other day in North Carolina, someone called me that was working at home, and while they were working at home, they were seriously injured. They wanted to file – they tried to file their workers’ compensation claim, and the company said that it wasn’t covered because they weren’t at an actual workplace. This is a red flag that you have a tricky employer that’s not being honest with you. The reality is, you do not have to be on your worksite in order to have a valid workers’ compensation claim if the activity that you’re doing away from the worksite is still benefiting your employer and the things they’re attempting to accomplish. If you’ve been injured away from your worksite and your claim has been denied or even if your employer is starting to treat you differently and trying to be more distanced from you, that’s a red flag that you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina. Call our office because we know your rights and the employer’s limitations of their rights. We will use this knowledge to fight for you and protect you and your family. Just give us a call.
3) Paying Bills While Waiting for Workers’ Comp
The other day, I received a call from someone in North Carolina who had been injured on the job. Their claim has been denied, and they were no longer able to pay their bills. The first thing I did was ask them had they given the proper notices about their injury on the job. Once we clarified that, I explained to them that our best resort is to immediately file for a hearing and try to get ourselves in front of a workers’ compensation judge as fast as possible so that we can try to get the workers’ compensation benefits started. Unfortunately, employers will come up with a large number of excuses to deny claims. In addition, employers at times will send the workers’ comp claim to a different department, so that the people that you’ve been working with and that you trust are not making the decisions about your workers’ compensation claim. Some other department in another state is making that decision, and they’re looking at how they can save the company money. They don’t care whether it comes at your expense or not. Therefore, you need to contact a workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina, an experienced one, right away that knows how to go to court and knows how to fight through the system to get your workers’ compensation started. Call our office. We’ve done this for many, many clients, and we will do it for you.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured at work in North Carolina and have questions about these 3 workers compensation facts? Contact experienced Richmond County, NC worker’ compensation lawyer H. Bright Lindler today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
We will fight for you and your family.
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