This is a question that many injured workers often ask themselves. The workers’ compensation system in North Carolina can often be confusing and difficult to navigate.
Often, injured workers receive conflicting advice from their employer, co-workers, friends, and family. Navigating the workers’ compensation system alone can be frustrating.
What Does the Timeline for Workers’ Compensation Look Like?
The life of a workers’ compensation claim, from accident to resolution, can be long and twisting. At some points, the injured worker may feel like he is not being listened to, or his complaints are being questioned. This is most likely true.
Often times employers and insurance carriers question the extent of an employee’s injuries and think they may be inflating their symptoms simply to increase the “value” of their workers’ compensation claim.
However, the very nature of the Workers’ Compensation system can also make the worker feel as if he is being ignored. It often takes months, or even years, before decisions regarding an injured worker’s case can be resolved via the legal system.
Approval of medical treatment, even in accepted workers’ compensation cases, can often take weeks or months to be authorized and may require the involvement of a lawyer.
Finally, one of the most important things a lawyer can assist an injured worker with is understanding the full extent of the compensation they are entitled to. Whether they are entitled to temporary total disability or temporary partial disability benefits.
What is a permanent partial impairment rating and how is its value calculated?
What, if any, future medical treatment may I be entitled to once my doctor tells me I have reached maximum medical improvement?
All of these questions are difficult to understand and answer without the benefit of extensive experience with the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation system.
The lawyers of Mehta & McConnell, PLLC are Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law. Combined, they bring over 30 years of practical experience in navigating the system and valuing workers’ compensation claims.
Importantly, they have valuable insight into the strategies and claims handling processes insurance companies use to try to limit the amount of compensation paid to injured workers.
In some cases, the answer to the question “do I need a workers’ compensation lawyer” maybe no. However, in the vast majority of these cases, the answer is yes, and sooner rather than later.
How Can a Workers’ Comp Attorney Help Me?
If you have been injured at work or have questions about workers’ compensation claims, our experienced North Carolina workplace accident lawyers can meet with you to discuss your case and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Contact us to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your workers’ compensation claim.