At The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we help injured workers who need legal assistance with their workers’ compensation claims.
Insurance companies are concerned with their own bottom line and injured workers often need legal representation to help them pursue the full benefits they are entitled to receive.
If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries and someone else is at fault, call or contact our firm online to schedule a free case consultation.
At The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, we focus our practice on helping injured people. We handle a wide range of injury cases, including work-related injuries. Our North Carolina and South Carolina injury lawyers have helped thousands of clients recover compensation and benefits for their injuries. We are down to earth people who care about our clients and want to see them on the road to recovery.
If you have been injured at work, having an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side could make a positive difference in the workers’ compensation claim process and in the benefits you receive. Workers’ comp cases can be complex and employers’ insurance companies have the goal of minimizing the amount they pay in claims. Call or contact our firm online for a free consultation concerning your case.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission instructs workers to take certain steps after a workplace injury or occupational illness. The basic steps are as follows:
The Commission provides a Form 18 which must be completed by the injured worker and filed with the Commission in order to begin your claim. If this form is not filed with the Commission within two years of the date of your injury or occupational illness, your claim may be barred.
To be covered by workers’ compensation, injuries must have arisen in the course and scope of employment. The physical conditions suffered by workers and covered by workers’ comp insurance fall into one of the following two basic categories:
More than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred among private industry employees in the U.S. in 2013, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor. The incidence rate amounted to 33 injuries out of every 1000 full time workers.
Among those, more than three million injuries and illnesses, 94.9 percent or 2.9 million were injuries caused by workplace accidents. More than 2.1 million (75.5 percent) of these injuries occurred in the course of service industry employment and the remaining 24.5 percent occurred in goods producing industries.
In North Carolina, the private industry workplace injury incidence rate was lower than the national rate, at 27 per every 1000 full time employees. If you are injured on the job in North Carolina, you may be covered by workers’ compensation insurance as required by state law if the company you work for has three or more employees.
The purpose of the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act is to provide two types of protection in North Carolina:
As stated in Article 1 of the Act, the rights and remedies under workers’ compensation exclude all other rights and remedies that would otherwise be available to the employee against the employer under common law or otherwise.
What does that mean for you as an injured worker? While you cannot sue your employer for your injuries, you are eligible for workers’ compensation coverage regardless of who was at fault for the accident that caused the injuries. Workers’ comp in North Carolina is a “no fault” system.
A few exceptions exist to North Carolina’s “no fault” workers’ compensation rule. As a general rule, a worker is not covered for injuries caused by illegal drug use or alcohol intoxication, unless the employer or an authorized supervisor provided the intoxicant to the employee. Also, an employee cannot recover if his injuries resulted from a suicide attempt or from an attempt to injure himself or another person.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission administers workers’ compensation. When a worker is injured and unable to work, workers’ comp insurance can make all the difference to the medical care and financial condition of the injured employee. Among other possible benefits, workers’ comp may allow for benefits to be paid for the following:
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