We Can Help You Fight for Fair Workers’ Compensation
Workers in nearly every occupation face significant risks of injury: From the restaurant industry to construction and manufacturing, the possibility of getting injured looms large. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 71,000 North Carolina workers became ill or injured in the workplace over the course of 2016, and the incidence rate for the state stands at 2.5 non-fatal injuries for every 100 workers.
If you’re one of the many North Carolinians who have sustained an occupational injury, you may worry that you can never work again – and companies can be notoriously slow to provide your entitled benefits. Thankfully, the Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. have more than 40 years of experience fighting for our client’s rights and ensuring they recover the benefits they need to rest and heal properly.
Have you been injured in Charlotte or surrounding areas? Contact Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. today for a free consultation on your occupational injury case.
Common Occupational Injury Claims
Occupational injuries are as diverse as the industries and companies in which they occur, but the basic definition of an occupational injury is bodily harm or catastrophic injury sustained while performing your job. Although certain industries like construction have an inherently higher risk of injury, you still have the right to basic bodily security while you work. Failing that, you are entitled to appropriate compensation from your employer when certain accidents prevent you from earning.
Some of the most common occupational injury claims in the United States include:
- Overexertion: If your job requires you to lift, push, or hold heavy objects, you may face a risk of overexertion injury. The impact on your health can range from muscle strain to full paralysis, and prevent you from obtaining similar work.
- Slipping & falling: Often called “falls on the same level,” slipping and falling accidents may cause catastrophic injuries. These account for up to 15% of workplace injuries in the nation, and are usually caused by negligence, such as failing to warn employees of wet, slippery floor surfaces.
- Vehicle accidents: Whether driving a traditional vehicle like a car or industrial equipment like a bulldozer, you are entitled to safe use of these vehicles.
- Asbestosis: Workers in the construction, manufacturing, and mining industries are at heightened risk of exposure to asbestos. If you develop the symptoms of asbestosis due to your job, you could be eligible for workplace compensation benefits.
What Are My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, all businesses with three or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Even if your employer was not directly responsible for your accident, workers’ compensation can allow you to recover the benefits you need in an efficient manner.
However, not all occupational injuries may qualify you for workers’ compensation claims, and the benefits can change significantly depending on the cause of your work-related accident. There may be multiple parties responsible for your injuries, and in those cases, you may need to pursue additional lawsuits in order to recover the full scope of your damages. Finally, if you are an independent contractor, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits as well: However, this will depend on whether you meet the legal definition of an “employee” according to the North Carolina General Statutes.
For all these reasons, it’s important to carefully review the details of your workers’ compensation case with an experienced attorney, as these cases can become quite complicated.
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina, your case must meet the following conditions:
- Your injuries must have directly resulted from a work-related accident.
- Your injuries must have been sustained in the work environment, during the course of your daily routine.
- You must be considered an employee under the North Carolina General Statutes.
Recover Your Losses After a Work-Related Accident
At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., we’ve built a reputation for aggressive representation on the workers’ behalf, securing millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. Regardless of who is ultimately liable for your injuries, you can trust that our experienced personal injury attorneys have the experience to navigate complex occupational injury claims. Employers can often be reluctant to pay the appropriate amount for medical expenses and lost wages when you’ve been injured. If this happens to you, contact us for assistance.