Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Carteret County
Pursue Essential Benefits that Facilitate Your Recovery Process
Each morning, millions of groggy North Carolina residents wipe the sleep
from their eyes and leave their homes expecting a normal work day. Statistically,
quite a few of these hardworking employees will be injured or even killed
in the course of performing their daily job duties. If you or a family
member sustain an occupational injury, illness, or fatality, you may be
entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Being injured and out of work can be a frightening experience, but before
you file a workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to
first discuss your case with a qualified and experienced legal professional.
At Wheatly Wheatly Weeks Lupton & Massie, P.A., our Carteret County
workers’ compensation lawyers can support you through each step
of this complicated legal process. We have a comprehensive understanding
of the laws and regulations surrounding this state-regulated insurance
program. In fact, Attorney Newton was one of the first legal professionals
in North Carolina to be certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board
of Legal Specialization as a Board-Certified Specialist in Workers’
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for insurance companies to deny an
employee’s initial claim. We can negotiate with insurance companies
on your behalf, help you complete the necessary forms, and, if necessary,
guide you through the appeal process.
Have questions about workers’ compensation? Contact our Carteret
County workers’ compensation attorneys at (252) 728-3158 to see
how we can help you navigate this complex legal process.
Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina
According to the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, businesses
(including proprietorships, partnerships, and LLCs) with three or more
employees are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
It doesn’t matter if the employees work full-time, part-time, or
Workers’ compensation encompasses 4 different types of benefits:
- Medical benefits
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Disability
- Death Benefits
However, as previously stated, this doesn’t necessarily mean that
your employer or their insurance company is ready and willing to just
dole out benefits. After all, insurance companies are in the business
of making – not spending – money, and your employer likely
doesn’t want to pay for increased premiums. For this reason, many
employees struggle with denied claims and aren’t certain who to
turn to in their hour of need. Whether you’re filing your initial
claim or need to appeal a denial, Wheatly Wheatly Weeks Lupton & Massie,
P.A. can help.
Taking the Proper Steps to Protect Your Claim
There are certain steps you must take if you want to protect your right
to benefits. For example, it’s imperative that you seek medical
attention as soon as you acquire or notice your occupational injury or
illness. During your appointment, make sure that the doctor clearly writes
that your condition is work-related in your medical record. This ensures
that your healthcare provider bills your employer or their insurance company
for any future appointments and treatment options. Also, make sure that
you request a copy of your medical record. This is essential evidence
that can bolster your claim.
Your next step is to notify your employer about your medical condition.
This step should be completed within 30 days of your doctor’s appointment.
Unfortunately, this can’t just be a verbal announcement; your notification
needs to be in writing, and you must keep a dated and signed copy as proof.
At this point, you should contact an experienced workers’ compensation
attorney – if you haven’t already. Our Carteret County workers’
compensation lawyer can help you complete the Notice of Accident to Employer
and Claim of Employee form (Form 18), which you can download off the internet
or receive directly from your employer. This form needs to be filed within
two years of the date of your work-related injury.
Workers’ compensation covers a variety of injuries and illnesses,
- Occupational illnesses and diseases
- Back and neck injuries
- Knee, shoulder, and joint conditions
- Slip and falls
- Hearing loss
- Repetitive trauma injuries
- Vision loss
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Preexisting conditions worsened by work conditions
- Job-related mental health conditions
does not cover any injuries that are caused by acts of self-harm or negligence.
For example, your claim will be denied if an investigation reveals that
you were intoxicated or engaging in horseplay at the time of the accident.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re struggling with the physical and financial repercussions
of a work-related injury or illness, contact the Carteret County workers’
compensation attorneys at Wheatly Wheatly Weeks Lupton & Massie, P.A.
We can discuss the circumstances that led to your injury and thoroughly
evaluate your legal options. By listening to your story and reviewing
your medical report, we can construct a valid claim that secures the benefits
your injuries warrant.
Contact Wheatly Wheatly Weeks Lupton & Massie, P.A. at (252) 728-3158 to schedule a consultation.