Experienced North Carolina
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
If you have you been injured while on the job in North Carolina, you may be entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. To qualify, the injury sustained must have occurred while you were carrying out activities for the benefit of your employer—and must be an accident or the result of a specific traumatic incident.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Employees are typically eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation for total disability equal to two-thirds of their average weekly gross pay—provided they suffer an injury that “arises out of and in the course and scope of their employment”.
Helping Injured Workers in a Wide Range of Trades
Our clients who have been injured on the job come from a variety of occupations, including:
- Truck Drivers
- Construction Workers
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
- Factory Workers
- Skilled Laborers
- Clerical Employees
- Office Workers
- Warehouse Employees
- State and City Employees
- Home Health Aides
- Physical Therapists
Whether a client has injured their back while lifting, was in a work-related car accident, or suffered serious joint injuries; our attorneys fight to get them the Workers’ Compensation benefits and medical treatment they deserve. We also represent injured workers in serious brain injury cases requiring attendant nursing care.
Because every Workers’ Compensation claim—just like every injury and every employee—is different, we can help you determine if a lump sum settlement may be in your best interests.
How to Apply for Workers’ Compensation?
Applying for Workers’ Compensation as a result of work-related injuries can be a complicated and frustrating process involving many complex laws and regulations. The North Carolina attorneys at Daggett Shuler work closely to guide you through each step of your case to pursue your Workers’ Compensation benefits. Obtaining qualified legal counsel early in the process can help ensure your claim is handled appropriately. We have a Board-Certified Specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law to help manage your claim.
Proving a Disability is Work Related
An injury at work can be sudden—such as a strain while lifting a heavy object, a blow to the head, a fall from a ladder, or a site accident. There is often little doubt such injuries should be covered by Workers’ Compensation. However, insurance companies commonly deny valid claims—blaming an injury or disability on other activities or pre-existing conditions. They also deny claims they argue do not fit the legal definition of an accident under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.
Be careful when talking with rehabilitation nurses, case managers, or vocational experts about your case, your feelings on your case, your job, or your return to work. It is unwise to speak with anyone except your lawyer, doctors, or other medical-care provider regarding your claim. To be safe:
- Do not sign anything about your claim unless you speak with an attorney.
- Do not sign anything regarding a settlement or a permanent partial disability rating unless you have consulted with an attorney regarding your rights.
- Do not sign any documentation about your Workers’ Compensation claim unless you speak with an experienced attorney first.
If you have been injured at work, contact a Board-Certified Specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law at Daggett Shuler as soon as possible after your injury.
Depending on the extent of your injuries—and the facts of your case—you may also be eligible to receive short-term or long-term disability insurance benefits. We can advise you on how such disability benefits—as well as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare benefits—can affect your Workers’ Compensation case.
Workers’ Compensation Disability Compensation
Workers’ Compensation is designed to compensate injured employees for the loss of their wage-earning ability and the medical expenses arising from the injury. This can include total disability benefits if the injured employee is completely unable to work—or partial disability benefits if the injured employee is unable to earn wages equal to before the injury.
Specifically, pain and suffering damages are not compensated under the Workers’ Compensation system. At the conclusion of their medical treatment, an injured employee may be entitled to additional compensation for a permanent, partial impairment rating.
The amount of disability compensation owed in Workers’ Compensation cases depends on the injured employee’s average weekly wage before the injury. This figure is supposed to include gross earnings—including bonuses. Determining the average weekly wage under law is complicated—and an injured employee should talk to an experienced attorney to understand their rights.
How We Work
At Daggett Shuler, we fight to recover the maximum Workers’ Compensation benefits for you. Our Workers’ Compensation attorneys include a Board-Certified Specialist in North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law. We know how to investigate your claim, negotiate with insurance companies, and present the strongest possible case at a hearing. We are committed to protecting your rights as a hard-working employee who was injured on the job.
Our attorneys can also guide you through your medical treatment. We can request second-opinion examinations and approval for specific treatments through the Industrial Commission, if needed.
Representation Throughout the Claim Process
The Workers’ Compensation claims process is complicated. The attorneys at Daggett Shuler provide our clients with personal service throughout the course of their claim. Our attorneys stand up for your rights by:
- Filing your claim (Form 18)
- Guiding you through medical treatment
- Working toward a possible lump sum settlement
- Fighting any denial of benefits or treatment
- Presenting your case at hearings and appeals
If you are unable to return to your pre-injury job, we can also help you through the vocational rehabilitation process. Our goal is to make sure you receive all your Workers’ Compensation benefits in as timely a manner as possible.
Let Us Help You Get the Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Deserve
If you have a Workers’ Compensation claim or have questions about your rights, Daggett Shuler is here to help. Call us to learn how our firm can help you obtain the Workers’ Compensation benefits you may deserve following a workplace injury.
After a work-related injury, you don’t need the stress of applying for Workers’ Compensation on your own. If you or a loved one is thinking about applying for Workers’ Compensation—or if your claim has been denied—call Daggett Shuler today.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, call Daggett Shuler today at 336-724-1234 or 800-815-5500 for a free, confidential consultation. You can also submit a Free Case Evaluation Form online. We will gladly speak with you for free—and you only pay if we help you receive benefits or a settlement and the Industrial Commission approves the attorney fee.
Daggett Shuler Law – You Can Depend on Us
At Daggett Shuler, you can depend on us.