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Workers’ Compensation FAQ

Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ Compensation FAQ

Get Answers To Questions About Workers’ Compensation In North Carolina

Were you injured at work? Did your boss tell you that you are not covered by workers’ compensation? After a work-related accident or illness, you likely have questions.

At the law firm of Christina Rivenbark & Associates in Wilmington, North Carolina, we have answers for you. Our lawyers and staff are committed to helping you understand your rights and how work comp works.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

Many injured workers are told they are not entitled to work comp benefits. This is often a lie. Don’t let myths, misunderstandings or misperceptions keep you from collecting the benefits you deserve.

You may still be able to get work comp benefits even if:

  • You are paid cash.
  • You receive a 1099, not a W-2.
  • Your boss says you are not entitled to benefits.
  • You are an undocumented worker.
  • Your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance.

If you wonder about your ability to collect work comp benefits, don’t believe what other says. Call us at 910-251-8080 to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney for free, or you may contact us online.

Common Questions About Work-related Injuries

  1. What does workers’ compensation pay for? Work comp benefits pay your doctor bills and other medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages and provide you with a cash settlement based on the extent of your on-the-job injury. Workers’ comp also provides death benefits to surviving family members in the event of a work-related fatality.
  2. I was injured at work. What do I do now? If you are injured on the job, you have the right to see a doctor and get medical treatment for your injuries. You also have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
  3. My employer says I can’t get workers’ comp benefits. Who should I believe? Many employers try to save money by paying workers in cash or saying they are independent contractors. Their attempts to get around workers’ compensation laws are illegal. However, during the claim process, it may be revealed that you are really working as an employee, so you can get the benefits and cash settlement you deserve.
  4. Does my immigration status affect my rights to benefits? Undocumented or “illegal” immigrants are still entitled to work comp benefits in North Carolina.
  5. What if my employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance? If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, and you are injured while working, you still may get compensation for the injuries and lost wages you suffered. Social security benefits may be an option for you.
  6. Should I have a lawyer to help me? It can be very hard to get the benefits you deserve even when it is clear you were hurt at work. A lawyer will fight for you at every step of the way and help you prove that you deserve work comp benefits. Also, if someone else caused your injury, your lawyer can help determine who is at fault and file a personal injury claim against that party as well.
  7. How is my work comp attorney paid? Your attorney is paid only if you obtain work comp benefits and is limited to only a portion of what you receive. This means it doesn’t cost you anything to call a lawyer to have your questions answered.
  8. What should I do if my workers’ comp claim is denied? If your claim is denied, your fight for benefits is not over. A lawyer can help you determine what options you may have.

Many Legitimate Claims Are Never Filed

Don’t be one of many injured or sick workers who were told they didn’t have a right to:

  • See a doctor
  • Receive a cash settlement
  • Get paid a portion of their wages while they were unable to work

The law firm of Christina Rivenbark & Associates may be able to help get you benefits when others say it can’t be done. Contact us today to learn more about your rights and your options.

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