Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Suffering through a workplace accident undoubtedly impacts your physical and mental health, but it can also have a negative impact on your finances. While it would be nice to think that employers will do whatever it takes to ensure their employees are well taken care of, the reality is that isn’t always the case. However, if you’ve been hurt in an on-the-job accident, you can pursue workers’ compensation benefits. If you are successful, this will provide you with monthly benefits to cover all your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages.
At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, our dedicated Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers are proud to represent the hardworking residents of Mecklenburg County. With decades of experience successfully resolving claims on behalf of our clients, we have what it takes to ensure your claim receives the attention it deserves.What You Need to Know About the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Process
The North Carolina Workers' Compensation process is designed to provide benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their employment. However, understanding what the workers’ comp system is and how to effectively bring a claim are two very different things. Below are some of the most important things you need to know if you’ve experienced a workplace accident in Charlotte.
Report the Injury: If you were injured at work or develop a work-related illness, you must notify your employer immediately. In North Carolina, you typically have 30 days to report the injury.
Employer’s Responsibility: Upon receiving the notice, your employer must file a Form 19, which is the “Employer’s Report of Employee’s Injury to the Industrial Commission,” with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (“NCIC”). Your employer should also provide you with a copy.
Seeking Medical Treatment: It is imperative that you receive the medical treatment you need. In most cases, your employer or their insurance company will arrange for your treatment. Under NC workers’ compensation law, your employer has the right to choose the healthcare provider you will visit.
Determination of Benefits: If your injury or illness is found to be work-related, you may be eligible for medical benefits and a portion of your lost wages. The extent and duration of benefits will vary depending on the severity of your injury. However, some claims result in a lump-sum settlement, where you and your employer agree to a one-time payment rather than ongoing benefits.
Returning to Work: Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be able to return to work in a limited or “light duty” capacity before you are fully healed. If so, your benefits may be adjusted accordingly.What Happens if My Employer Denies My Workers’ Comp Claim?
If your employer or their insurance provider believes the injury isn't work-related or doesn't meet the criteria for compensation, they may deny your claim. If this happens, you can appeal the decision. Disagreements between you and the employer (or their insurance company) can be taken to the NCIC. This typically entails mediation or a formal hearing. A Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyer will advise you on which option makes the most sense in your situation.Have You Been Injured in a Workplace Accident?
If you or a family member was recently hurt and unable to work due to a workplace accident or work-related illness, a workers’ compensation claim may provide you with crucial benefits. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, we’ve assembled a team of dedicated Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys who are singularly focused on handling these highly specialized claims. We have successfully connected countless clients with meaningful benefits and look forward to discussing how we can help you with your claim. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with one of our Charlotte work injury lawyers, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach our Cabarrus County workers’ compensation attorneys at 704-918-4747. We proudly represent clients in Charlotte, Concord and Kannapolis, as well as throughout Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Rowan, and Union Counties.