Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Injuries caused by workplace accidents can be costly to treat. This is especially a problem for workers who require time off to recover. Right when their wages have been cut, they are suddenly met with staggering medical bills. If you are in this situation, you are probably wondering about types of assistance that are available to you.
Fortunately, state law ensures that victims of workplace accidents will not be left struggling to pay for necessary treatment. Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, can help you understand your rights and obligations in filing for compensation. Call our offices at (919) 851-3311.
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About the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act
Our state’s Workers’ Compensation Act was passed by the state legislature in 1929. Its goal was to provide assistance for workers who had suffered accidental injuries on the job. Before this law was written, employees had to prove in court that their employers were directly responsible for their injuries before they could receive compensation for their medical bills.
By allowing workers to receive compensation for any accidental injury without a trial, the Act reduced the problem of lengthy and expensive court procedures. It protects workers by requiring most employers to carry insurance that will cover accidental injuries. Employers who are covered by the act, and therefore must provide workman’s comp coverage, include:
- Sawmills and logging operations with 10 or more employees
- Farms and orchards with 10 or more full time, year-round employees
- Anyone who employs 10 or more full time, year-round domestic workers
- Any other businesses with 3 or more employees
Contact a Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Unfortunately, the workers’ comp system created in 1929 has problems of its own. If you need assistance with an injury or disability claim, contact Raleigh workman’s compensation lawyers Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311.
Worker’s Compensation FAQs
Does my employer have to provide worker’s compensation?
Without sufficient legal representation, worker’s compensation cases can be unpredictable. The North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Act attempted to streamline the process and benefit workers who were accidentally injured on the job, but the system is not perfect. Although all employers with three or more employees are covered by the act, there is a long-standing precedent of employers resisting worker’s compensation claims. Many employers, along with their insurance companies, have a history of making every effort to limit your compensation. This includes multiple doctors’ opinions, private detectives to check the validity of your injury claims, and hours of paperwork. If you believe you may qualify for worker’s compensation, the best course of action is to contact an attorney.
Can I be fired for filing a worker’s compensation claim?
Oftentimes, workers will refuse to file a worker’s compensation claim for fear of losing their job. This misguided belief is compounded when your employer uses intimidation tactics to keep you from filing a claim. Although your employer cannot fire you purely for filing a claim, they can reassign you or, at worst, find an extraneous reason to fire you mid-claim. You should gather all the information before filing your claim: are you an “at will” employee, or are you contracted? Is your employer able to accommodate your work restrictions following your injury?
Are there alternatives to worker’s compensation?
Yes—you may sue your employer. Before worker’s compensation benefits were solidified legally, employees had no choice but to take their employers to court. While you have a chance of receiving a settlement this way, it is a more arduous and drawn-out process. You can be sure your employer will hire a legal team, and you should be prepared to hire a lawyer if your own if you believe suing your employer is your best option.