If you’ve had a work-related injury and meet the eligibility requirements for workers’ compensation, there are specific types of benefits available to you. North Carolina workers’ compensation law provides coverage for some of the expenses an injured employee may incur as a result of a work accident.
Wage Loss Benefits
If you are deemed unable to work by your workers’ compensation doctor or are given restrictions that your employer will not or cannot accommodate, you may be entitled to weekly checks to compensate for wage loss. Those benefits will be paid at a rate dictated by North Carolina workers’ compensation law.
Compensation for Medical Care
Benefits are available to cover authorized medical expenses like your doctor’s visits, therapy, medications, and even mileage back and forth to medical visits.
If your injuries result in permanent work restrictions that prevent you from returning to your prior job, you may be entitled to compensation for permanent partial disability. You could potentially qualify for vocational training and assistance as well. If you are unable to return to any type of employment, compensation is available for that too. Any assignment of a disability rating entitles you to additional compensation, even if you are able to eventually return to work.
Do North Carolina Workers’ Comp Benefits Account for Pain and Suffering?
Something that comes as a surprise to many injured workers is that compensation for pain and suffering is not available in a workers’ compensation case in North Carolina. The law was created as a compromise between employers and employees. As a part of that compromise, there is no provision in the law that requires compensation for the pain and suffering of injured workers.
Compensation issues can be complicated. If you’ve been injured, it is very important to consult a qualified attorney to ensure that you maximize the benefits that are available to you.
Call us today at (336) 790-5194, or send us a message to schedule a free consultation with our North Carolina Board-certified workers’ compensation lawyer.