North Carolina workers that have been injured on the job or have developed an occupational disease may be entitled to medical care under the North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act. They may also be entitled to monetary compensation for the loss of wages caused by injury or disease. Unfortunately, North Carolina employers may not always explain these rights and collecting benefits can be complicated. Understanding your rights to medical care and compensation are key to obtaining the benefits to which you are entitled.
Compensation & North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act
If your workplace injury or occupational illness has left you unable to work for more than 7 days, then you are entitled to be paid weekly temporary total disability benefits (TTD). This is calculated at 66.67% of your average weekly wage. Your average weekly wage is based on your gross earnings during the 52-weeks immediately before your injury or occupational disease.
If you are able to work, but unable to work as much as you did before your injury or occupational disease, then you are entitled to payment of temporary partial disability benefits (TPD). This amount is 66.67% of the difference between your average weekly wage before your injury/occupational disease and your average weekly wage after. While TTD and TPD benefits are capped at 500 weeks, there are situations when it may be possible to seek and obtain lifetime benefits.
Medical Care & North Carolina Workers’ Compensation
If you are injured at work or if you contract an occupational disease, then you are entitled to appropriate medical care at your employer’s expense. This care is not limited to emergency care and can include any care that is necessary to cure, reduce the period of disability, or provide relief to the injured worker. Medical care can also include home modifications and assistive devices when injuries or occupational disease permanently impairs mobility. It may also include vocational rehabilitation or additional education, should your injury or occupational disease prevent you from continuing in your chosen profession.
Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, you have a right to obtain care from a different provider if you are not receiving appropriate medical care. An experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney can help you obtain all of the benefits you are entitled to during this time.
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We protect injured workers. If you or someone you love has been struggling to receive benefits after a work related injury, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, PLLC, we are skilled litigators with years of workers’ compensation experience. We will fight for your worker’s compensation claim and for your future. Call us today at (336) 379-1390 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information.
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