Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation
Suffering an injury at work can leave you overwhelmed with many questions. You deserve answers. At the law firm of Christina Rivenbark & Associates, we understand the challenges that injured workers face. Our firm is committed to helping you understand your rights and how workers’ compensation works.
Below are some of the common questions we are asked about work injuries and workers’ compensation benefits. To discuss your specific situation during a free consultation, call our Wilmington, North Carolina, office today at 910-338-9813 or contact us online.
What are my rights if I am injured at work?
If you are injured on the job, you have the right to see a doctor and seek the proper medical treatment for your injuries. You also have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You are entitled to be represented by an attorney for the duration of the claim process, including any appeals if needed.
What does workers’ compensation pay for?
Workers’ compensation benefits provide for medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages due to your on-the-job injury. Workers’ comp also provides death benefits to surviving family members in the event that a work injury was fatal.
Why should I hire a lawyer to help me with my claim?
While you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after an injury at work, it may not be easy to get the compensation you deserve. Having an attorney on your side can help the process move forward, as your counsel knows all the various aspects of and required documents for the workers’ compensation process. Also, if a third party caused your injury, your lawyer can determine who is at fault and file a personal injury claim against that party as well.
What do I do if my workers’ comp claim is denied?
A denial of your workers’ compensation claim is usually not the end. It may be possible for us to appeal the decision. The claim denial can be reviewed through mediation, or the appeal can be heard during a hearing in front of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Regardless of the avenue of appeal, our firm is committed to seeing that your claim is approved whenever possible.
What if my employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance?
If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance and you are injured in the workplace, you still have the ability to get compensation for the injuries and lost wages you are suffered. We may be able to file a personal injury claim on your behalf to hold the employer responsible.