Most people in North Carolina have heard about workers’ compensation, which provides medical, wage replacement, and disability benefits when workers are injured on the job. However, few people understand how the program works or how to protect their rights.
Many people are worried that they will lose their job if they file a workers’ compensation claim. However, under North Carolina law, your employer cannot fire you or retaliate against you because you filed or pursued a workers’ compensation claim.
While your job is protected if you file a claim, you do need to take steps to protect your rights. Just because your workers’ compensation claim was recognized or accepted by someone at your plant or by a workers’ comp claims adjuster doesn’t mean that the individual has your best interests at heart. In fact, that person’s interests are frequently the opposite of yours, and he or she may try to do things like asking you to sign a document or a statement that will destroy your claim. You should never sign anything without asking a lawyer for advice.
Our lawyers handle all workers’ compensation (also known as workman’s compensation) cases on a 25 percent contingency fee basis. All legal fees for workers’ compensation cases must be approved by the Industrial Commission, which is the administrative agency in North Carolina that handles these claims.
Our lawyers handle all types of job injury cases, including:
Contact an attorney at our Lillington, North Carolina office for more information (910) 893-5111.