Ideally, workers' compensation benefits will restore a worker, enabling him or her to return to the workplace. Yet the program is about more than just short-term benefits.
Many of our law firm's clients are injured employees who were reluctant to report workplace injuries, fearing for their job security. That fear is understandable.
When it comes to on-the-job injuries, it is often complicated to understand the needs and rights of every party involved, and which the law favors if they conflict.
As a law enforcement officer, you know that your job comes with inherent risks. Getting injured while on the job is fairly high probability. Perhaps you recently injured your back while trying to handcuff a suspect that was resisting. While you only required a bit of rest and relaxation after the strain, what happens if you suffer a catastrophic injury? You know that you are entitled to workers' compensation if you suffer an injury while on duty, but what do you do if the insurance company denies your claim?
There are risks involved with almost every kind of work. Typically, higher-risk work environments are subject to safety regulations intended to minimize the risk of injury, but accidents still happen. Workers in North Carolina are supposed to be covered by worker's compensation insurance, at no cost to them, if they work for a company with at least three employees.
One of people's greatest fears when considering workers' compensation is that they will be fired for filing. This fear is understandable, since nobody wants to feel that they're getting on their employer's bad side, but in reality, you are legally protected from termination based on workers' compensation. Most employees in North Carolina are entitled to workers' comp if they are injured on the job and employers cannot retaliate against them.
After a workplace accident, an injured worker may need medical treatment. Yet what happens if modern medicine cannot make the worker whole again?
The guiding principle behind workers' compensation law is no fault. Accidents sometimes happen, and an injured worker may receive benefits regardless of who may have been at fault.
An office space might not seem as dangerous as a construction site. Yet even employees who work at a desk may be at risk of physical injury.
Getting hurt on the job can upend your life. Not only are you dealing with a painful injury, you could also be unable to work.