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’ Compensation Law.

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 seasonally.

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, including:

  • 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

Workers’ compensation 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.

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