Charlotte Union Worker Injury Attorney
Skilled workers’ compensation lawyers serving North Carolina
A union is a group of individuals who work together to improve wages, benefits, and a better workplace environment. Labor unions have been around for over a century to protect workers’ rights and improve their lives through collective bargaining. However, if union workers suffer injuries, different rules may apply when they have to apply for workers’ compensation benefits.
At Price, Petho & Associates, we understand that union workers in North Carolina have certain protections that non-union workers do not. Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys have an extensive understanding of labor and union laws, and can guide you through the intricacies of the legal process to help secure the benefits you deserve when injured on the job.
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What is the relationship between union workers and workers’ compensation?
According to Cause IQ, North Carolina has 385 labor unions. In many cases, union employees possess more rights and protections compared to non-union workers. They may have easier access to information regarding benefits, how to file, and what to expect throughout the process. Additionally, union supervisors are less likely to discourage or retaliate against workers who seek workers’ compensation benefits.
However, since union workers are subject to collective bargaining agreements, they must obey the rules set forth by employers in regard to workers’ compensation benefits. While some may reflect state laws, others may differ. It is imperative to ask your employer if special rules apply to you prior to filing a workers’ compensation claim. You must thoroughly review your union contract to learn about your rights and the proper steps to take after an injury on the job. Our Charlotte attorneys are happy to answer any of your questions or concerns in a consultation.
What are common injuries experienced by Charlotte union workers?
Union jobs often require physical and risky work. Our state offers a variety of occupations that may involve unions, including:
Because of the labor-intensive nature of these types of jobs, employees can face many potential work-related hazards that could result in serious injuries like:
When injured during the scope of your job duties, you are entitled to certain benefits as part of workers’ compensation.
What should I do if I’m injured at my union job?
If you experience an accident or injury on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer may encourage you to use sick time to recover from your injuries, which is advantageous to them for several reasons – they do not have to worry about their insurance premiums rising, and they do not have to report your injury to OSHA. Further, taking sick days to recover from a work-related injury can bar you from future benefits if your injury worsens or recurs in the future.
When injured on the job as a union employee, remember to take the following steps in order to build a strong workers’ compensation claim:
- Report your injury to both your employer and your union rep. You’re required to inform your employer of your accident or condition, and it is a good idea to let your union steward know in the event of a problem with your claim later down the road.
- Seek medical attention. Your employer may require you to see a company-approved physician for your injuries, but you may see your doctor as well. Make sure the physician knows your injury or condition resulted from work. Follow all doctor instructions, including follow-up appointments, physical therapy, medications, and other treatment plans.
- Secure representation. After filing a workers’ compensation claim, your employer will likely want to talk to you and ask questions about your work status. You are entitled to representation during these meetings – either your workers’ compensation attorney, your union rep, or both. Doing so ensures your rights are protected.
- Keep thorough records. Document everything related to your injury. This includes every piece of paperwork, medical document, insurance paperwork, receipt, and photograph. Additionally, get the name and contact information of witnesses to your accident, as well as any insurance and union representatives with whom you speak on the phone.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys advocate for union workers every step of the way, and if your claim is denied or unreasonably delayed, we are here to help move the process along and eliminate roadblocks.
How can a Charlotte union worker injury attorney help?
The attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates understand you are subject to the terms of your labor contract, which outlines your rights regarding wages, hours, and how to report grievances. If you are injured on the job and having difficulty with your workers’ compensation claim, our lawyers can work with your union representative to gather the necessary information for your case.
Union representatives have the authority to request access to information regarding your employer’s safety records, information about past workplace accidents and injuries, and data regarding dangerous or toxic substances in your workplace.
Our attorneys can also explain how your union and workers’ compensation benefits apply to your particular situation, and advocate for you when negotiations stall.
Is there a union worker injury attorney near me?
Yes. Price, Petho & Associates has offices at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte, NC. We also have offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are unable to come to us, we will make arrangements to visit you at home or in the hospital.
Charlotte attorneys ready to help injured union workers in all industries
At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte workers’ compensation lawyers can guide you through the various legal issues related to labor rights and unions in order to ensure you obtain the most favorable outcome possible for your claim. We can evaluate your case, determine all of your available legal options, and help you secure the benefits you need to recover from injury. Call 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today. We serve clients in Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.