Suffering a workplace injury that results in nerve damage means more than a few weeks off to heal. Most workers who experience nerve damage end up dealing with years—if not a lifetime—of lingering pain along with the physical limitations that are commonly associated with nerve damage. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, our knowledgeable North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers have decades of experience helping secure benefits on behalf of injured workers. We will help you establish a workers’ compensation nerve damage claim so you can obtain the benefits you need and deserve.Causes of Work-Related Nerve Damage
Nerve damage can occur as a result of various types of workplace accidents. However, most workers who experience nerve damage do so after one of the following types of accidents:
- Broken bones
- Construction Accidents
- Falls from heights
- Industrial Accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents resulting in nerve damage
- Over-extension and lifting of heavy objects
- Slip and Fall Accidents
Of course, nerve damage can also develop over time, for example, if you frequently use power tools. These are referred to as overuse injuries.Can You Obtain Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Nerve Damage?
Yes, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act allows workers who suffer work-related nerve damage to collect workers’ comp benefits. Of course, to be eligible for benefits, you must be able to show that your nerve damage was caused by and in relation to your employment. While this is straightforward in some cases, in others it is not. For example, if your nerve damage was the result of an accident, chances are you will have an easier time proving your claim than if your nerve damage developed slowly over time.
Additionally, certain types of nerve damage are harder to prove than others. For example, those workers suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) have an especially difficult time getting approved for benefits based on the lack of medical research surrounding the condition. Regardless of the nature of your injuries or how they came about, an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer can help you understand your rights and effectively pursue a claim for benefits.What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can You Recover for Nerve Damage?
If you developed nerve damage due to your employment, there are several types of benefits you can obtain if your workers’ compensation claim is approved.Medical Benefits
Workers’ compensation medical benefits cover all medical care related to your injuries. Further, you are not responsible for any co-pays or deductibles. However, generally, an employer or their insurance company can choose which providers you see for treatment. If you disagree with the workers’ compensation doctor’s assessment, you are entitled to a second opinion.Disability Benefits
Nerve injuries often result in a significant amount of time away from work, and, in turn, you miss out on earning income. Thus, the workers’ compensation system allows for the payment of disability benefits, depending on the extent of your injuries and how long you will be out of work. There are four types of workers’ compensation disability benefits:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) Benefits
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits
If you recently were involved in a workplace accident and suffered nerve damage as a result, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. At the Olsinski Law Firm, PLLC, our dedicated workers’ compensation lawyers understand the overwhelming feelings that come along with a serious workplace injury and take the time to explain the process to you. That way, you feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation with a Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyer, give us a call at 704-405-2580. You can also reach one of our Concord workers’ compensation lawyers at 704-918-4747. We take all workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis, meaning we will not bill you for our services unless we can connect you with compensation for what you’ve been through.