North Carolina Attorneys Assisting Workers’ Compensation Claimants
Back strains, knee injuries, crushed limbs, and other harm caused by heavy lifting can occur in many trades and professions, and they may arise out of a number of activities. If you cannot perform your job fully or at all due to a job-related lifting injury, you may be entitled to benefits. At Vasquez Law Firm, our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers provide experienced and dedicated legal representation to individuals pursuing benefits following lifting injuries, and we can answer any questions you may have after an on-the-job accident.
Benefits for Workplace Lifting Injuries
Lifting injuries may affect the back, spine, or neck. They often involve herniated or ruptured discs, fractured vertebrae, torn muscles, broken bones, paralysis, and other conditions or disabilities. They may be the result of an unexpected workplace accident and arise suddenly in a single, traumatic occurrence, or they may develop over time. If a lifting injury was caused by a job-related accident, you may be eligible for medical treatment and wage benefits.
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act covers employees who are hurt in an accident, a specific traumatic incident, or an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of their employment. An accident is an unusual, unexpected interruption of the regular work routine that can be identified by time and place. If the stairs give way while you are lifting a heavy object, causing you to drop it on your foot, your foot injury would be the result of a workplace accident. A specific traumatic incident, on the other hand, includes injuries that occur as the result of routine work activities but arise unexpectedly after a particular event. Specific traumatic event incidents apply only to back injuries and hernias in most cases. For example, if lifting is regularly part of your job, but you suddenly feel a sharp pain in your back one day at work, that may be considered a specific traumatic incident for which you are covered under workers’ compensation.
Since there are several steps involved in pursing a workers’ compensation claim, many people may benefit from hiring an attorney to represent them and protect their interests during the proceedings. After you have been hurt, you should report the injury or accident to your employer as soon as possible. You should seek prompt medical treatment from one of your employer’s preferred health care providers, if available. Within 30 days, you should provide written notice to your employer of the injury, the date it occurred, and a brief description of the injury. In addition, you will need to prepare and complete a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission and provide a copy to your employer or your employer’s insurance company. The claim should be filed within 30 days of the injury, or at most two years from the date of the injury.
Employees who are covered by the workers’ compensation system are entitled to reasonable and necessary medical treatment to cure or relieve the effects of the injury, as well as expenses for traveling to receive care. Medical treatment mauy also include attendant care if ordered by a healthcare provider it required to assist with activities of daily living or safety. They may also be awarded payment for lost earnings through total or partial temporary or permanent disability benefits, and they may receive vocational rehabilitation.
Explore Your Options with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in North CarolinaAt Vasquez Law Firm PLLC, our North Carolina attorneys provide guidance to people who are seeking workers’ compensation benefits after job-related lifting injuries. We have represented claimants in communities such as Smithfield, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, and Wilson, among others. To discuss your claim with one of our knowledgeable work injury lawyers, contact us at 919-989-3000 to set up a free consultation.