If you’ve been injured in the workplace, you’re entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to pay for your medical costs and any lost wages from having to miss work. The workers’ compensation system is specifically designed to compensate injured workers so they can recover and get back to work as soon as possible.
However, workers’ compensation doesn’t last forever, even if you may feel that recovering from your injuries may be a gradual process. The limits for how much you can receive, and for what length of time, vary state by state.
When an injured workers are being paid weekly wage replacement benefits, the employer cannot stop benefits. This only happens when the employee returns to work, or in the rare case that the employer convinces the Industrial Commission that the employee is no longer disabled.
In North Carolina, wage replacement benefits can continue for up to 500 weeks, with the possibility of extension under certain circumstances.
How Do I Start Receiving Workers’ Comp?
In order to begin receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you need to immediately file a claim, or Form 18, with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. It’s important to carefully describe the accident that caused the injury – a team of personal injury lawyers can help you to ensure that you receive the amount of compensation you’re owed.
Temporary vs. Permanent Disability
According to workers’ compensation laws and claims, disability is classified between temporary or permanent, and total or partial. This means an injured worker can have four different types of disability benefits.
- Temporary total disability
- Temporary partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Permanent partial disability
Temporary disability means the worker is recovering and expected to get better/return, while permanent disability refers to workers who are not expected to improve. Total disability means the workers can’t work at any kind of job, while partial disability means the workers has work capacity of some kind.
Protecting Your Rights
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work, it doesn’t matter the industry or field – you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Call the workers compensation attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. to look into your accident for you. As part of a workers’ compensation claim, injured employees are entitled to weekly compensation, payment of medical bills, and more. The financial burden can feel even heavier when you’re struggling to heal from your injuries. Our lawyers can relieve the weight by fighting for your rights.
Call Price, Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. today at (704) 850-6322, or contact us online if you’ve been injured due to no fault of your own. We’re a dedicated personal injury firm who understands how stressful this time may be, and we can work hard to recover damages for your accident-related costs.