Workers Compensation Attorneys

Workers Compensation Winston Salem and Greensboro NC Workers Compensation is a program designed to provide assistance and financial compensation if you are injured at work or develop a medical problem while on the job.  The program provides weekly payments to compensate for lost earnings, medical expenses and rehabilitation.  The most basic requirements are that you are employed at the time of the accident, and the injury occurs while you are on the job.

Workers Compensation is a “no-fault” system, meaning that you usually do not have to show your employer did anything wrong to have caused your injury.  However, employers will often challenge what you may take for granted as being the most simple and straightforward aspects of your injury.  It is crucial that you speak to an attorney experienced in Workers Compensation law as soon after an accident as possible.

Why Hire An Experienced Workers Compensation Attorney?

The Attorneys at Collins Price, PLLC will handle all aspects of your claim, from the initial (Form 18) filing to hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission.  We will help you avoid the common mistakes that may be damaging to your Workers’ Compensation Claim.  Some mistakes you may avoid by hiring an experienced representative may include:

  • Failing to properly give notice and report your accident
  • Failing to give a full and accurate history to your medical provider
  • Failing to file a Form 18
  • Failing to comply with medical treatment
  • Failing to get a “second opinion”
  • Not knowing when to return to work
  • Accepting the physician’s initial Rating
  • Accepting settlement without a job prospect

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Avoid these and other pitfalls by hiring an Attorney at Collins Price, PLLC to handle your Workers Compensation claim.  We can also provide insight into how Workers Compensation may affect Social Security Disability Benefits, Medicare benefits, or other disability insurance benefits.  Call us today at (336) 793-9680 for a free consultation and we will help guide you through to the Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve.Does My Employer Have To Have Workers’ Comp Insurance?The North Carolina Workers Compensation Act requires business in the following categories to carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance:

  1. Businesses which employ three or more employees in the same establishment;
  2. Farm laborers employing 10 or more full-time, non-seasonal laborers
  3. Businesses with just one employee, whose work involves the presence of radiation

If You Have Been Injured At Work:

Step 1:
Report your injury to your Employer and seek out appropriate medical treatment.

Your employer may have a health care provider on your work site and if consistent with your employer’s instructions present yourself to that health provider if appropriate.

If you do not have access to an on-site health provider, your employer may have instructed you to present yourself to a designated health care office in case of work related injuries. If appropriate to the seriousness of your injury, report to that facility.

If there is no employer on-site or designated off-site health care provider, seek medical care appropriate to your medical needs. Depending on your circumstances, appropriate health care may be obtained from your family doctor or a hospital emergency room.

Step 2:

Tell your health care provider that your injury is related to your work and the name of your employer. This information allows the health care provider to bill treatment as a Workers’ Compensation claim.

Step 3:

As soon as possible, inform an appropriate manager of your employer or the owner of your company that you have experienced a work related accident. If you can personally report your injury, do so. If you are unable to report your injury because of your medical condition, have a family member, friend or health care provider notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible.

Step 4:
As soon as practical after the accident, and within thirty days, give written notice to your employer. A simple written statement giving the date of the accident and a brief description of the injury is all that is necessary. If you cannot write the letter, have a friend or family member write it for you and send it to the employer. Keep a copy of the letter for your records.

Step 5:

Follow your physician’s instructions for medical treatment. The goal of the Workers’ Compensation System in North Carolina is to ensure that you get good health care to restore you as nearly as possible to the health and ability to work that you had prior to your injury.

Following these five simple steps will ensure that your injury is properly reported, you receive appropriate health care quickly and that your employer can initiate workers’ compensation medical benefits.