Experienced Worker’s Compensation Lawyer in Wilmington, NC
Individuals who are injured as a result of an accident during their employment have the right to receive compensation for their injuries. The workers’ compensation benefits attorneys at Girdwood & Williams have successfully represented employees from Wilmington, North Carolina and all of southeastern North Carolina. Our workers’ compensation benefits lawyers will fight to ensure that you are not denied the benefits and earnings that you are eligible to receive if you have been injured while on the job.
All employees have the right to expect a safe work environment that does not put them at undue risk for injury or disease. Employers are required by law to ensure that safety regulations and training programs are in place in order to minimize the risk of workplace accidents. In addition, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees in the event that employees are injured while on the job.
Contact our workers’ compensation attorneys in Wilmington, NC to determine whether you are eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. If your company does not provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and you are hurt while on the job at no fault of your own, our lawyers can file a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for your injuries. If your injury is the fault of a third party and your company provides workers’ compensation benefits, you have two separate avenues for recovery.
Workers’ Comp Benefits
If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, then you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to receive workers compensation benefits if you suffer any type of injury or illness as a direct result of your employment. Employers are generally required to pay benefits to employees who are injured at work, even if the employee is at fault for the accident. For example, a construction company may still be required to pay workers’ compensation benefits to an employee whose injuries were caused by his or her own carelessness or negligence.
Workers’ compensation benefits include compensation for medical expenses, rehabilitative treatments, and medications. In addition, employees are eligible to receive two-thirds of their salary while they are unable to work. Additional damages may be awarded if the disability or injury is permanent and prevents the employee from ever working again. Under new laws, an injured employee may also be entitled to vocational retraining or higher education to assist in getting back to work.
Both full-time and part-time employees are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the attorneys at Girdwood & Williams to schedule a thorough review of your case and to help ensure that you receive the full benefits that you are entitled to receive.
If you have been working for a certain period of time prior to your injury and have paid Social Security taxes, you may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.
Injured On The Job?
If you have been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation. At Girdwood & Williams, we can help you through the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits if you have suffered a job-related injury or illness in Wilmington, New Hanover County, or anywhere else in southeastern North Carolina. As experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, our lawyers can also help you appeal your case if your original application was denied.
Filing for Workers’ Comp Benefits
The intention of workers’ compensation insurance is to provide injured employees with the resources they need to receive medical treatment and to recover as completely and quickly as possible so they can start working again. Workers’ compensation benefits include:
Costs of hospital visits
Other related expenses
Employees who are permanently disabled from workplace injuries may be eligible for additional damages, in some cases for life.
In order for workers’ compensation benefits to be approved, it must be shown that the employee’s injury was suffered as a direct result of his or her employment. The injury must have occurred in a workplace accident or it must be directly caused by the employee’s duties over a period of time, such as breathing in toxic fumes or developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Injuries while driving or traveling on work-related tasks can generally be covered under workers’ compensation too.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys know how to build an effective case so that your claim stands the best chance of being approved the first time, so you can start receiving workers’ compensation benefits right away. We will collect evidence, interview witnesses, and investigate all aspects of your case to show how your injury or illness is a direct result of your employment. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will help you through all steps involved in filing for workers’ compensation benefits, from proving that your claim is legitimate to filling out all necessary paperwork and meeting all deadlines.
Appealing Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims
If your claim has been denied, our lawyers can help you file an appeal to reverse that denial and get your benefits. All too often, workers’ compensation benefits may be denied even if an employee has a legitimate claim. Our attorneys can provide you with experienced and dedicated legal representation in the event that your appeal goes before a judge. We have helped ensure that many individuals in Wilmington, New Hanover County, and all of southeastern North Carolina are awarded the workers’ compensation benefits that they deserve. For help in filing your workers’ compensation claim, contact the attorneys at Girdwood & Williams today.
Pursuing Other Forms of Compensation
Under workers’ compensation law, an employee who accepts workers’ compensation benefits generally may not sue his or her employer for additional damages in civil court. There is an exception for certain acts of excessively gross negligence by an employer causing injury. Our workers’ compensation lawyers will investigate all possible options for pursuing the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, including filing for Social Security Disability benefits and filing a personal injury claim against negligent third parties. For example, a construction site employee who suffered injuries after falling from a faulty ladder may be able to file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the ladder, in addition to workers’ compensation.
Residents of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and all of southeastern North Carolina can trust our workers’ compensation lawyers to work tirelessly on their behalf if they have suffered workplace injuries. If you have been injured while on the job, we fight to ensure that your rights are protected and that your financial needs are met.
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Serving All Of Southeastern North Carolina
Our workers’ compensation attorneys have helped to see that many individuals from Wilmington, New Hanover County, and all of southeastern North Carolina were awarded the full workers’ compensation benefits that they are eligible to receive. Contact our workers’ compensation lawyers for a thorough review of your case, and tell them You’ve Got Girdwood & Williams!