Every day, many people working in the Hickory area and throughout North Carolina suffer injuries and develop illnesses at work. North Carolina enforces some of the strictest workers’ compensation laws in the country, so many of these victims will have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits to recover from these experiences. However, the workers’ compensation claim process is more complex than many people expect, and an injured worker can face a very difficult recovery process after a workplace injury.
Helton, Cody & Associates is a team of experienced Hickory work injury lawyers who can help clients explore all their avenues of recovery after suffering injuries at work. Our team has successfully helped many past clients navigate the workers’ compensation claim process and obtain additional compensation through civil claims against the parties responsible for causing their injuries. Whatever your situation entails, our team will help you determine your best options for recovering the compensation you deserve.
If you suffered an injury during the course of doing your job, you might be able to file two legal claims:
Though you are allowed to collect damages from both claims, the workers’ compensation insurance company will try to get reimbursed from the third-party settlement. To make sure you receive all of the compensation you deserve, you may need to work with an attorney with experience handling work injury claims.At Helton, Cody & Associates, PLLC, in Hickory, we help injured workers throughout Western North Carolina collect the benefits and damages to which they are entitled. If you are awarded workers’ compensation benefits as well as damages from a third party, we will fight to limit the amount that workers’ comp can take from your third-party settlement.
Workers’ compensation is generally available to employees who are injured on the job. If your injury was the fault of a negligent third party, such as the driver of a vehicle or the manufacturer of defective machinery, you might be able to collect additional damages. We represent employees in workers’ comp and third-party liability claims.
Accidents and injuries can happen at any workplace, but some occupations put workers at a higher risk for injury, such as:
While some workplaces are inherently more dangerous than others, it’s vital to recognize that almost anyone can suffer a workplace injury, develop an illness from work conditions, or suffer chronic physical ailments due to repetitive stress at work. Therefore, no matter what your situation may entail, if you believe you qualify to file for workers’ compensation, it’s essential to consult a Hickory work injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Helton, Cody & Associates has extensive experience representing clients who have suffered a wide range of workplace injuries. Injuries suffered on the job often include:
In addition to physical injuries, workers can develop illnesses from being exposed to toxins. An injured worker may easily be left with a debilitating condition, such as chronic and permanent pain, that may leave them unable to return to work and permanently disabled.
The workers’ compensation laws of North Carolina entitle any injured worker to file a workers’ compensation claim through their employer. Employers may not interfere with these claims, nor may they take any punitive action against an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim or requests a claim form.
If you are injured at work and file a workers’ compensation claim, you can generally expect full coverage for all medical expenses you incur from your work injury. This will include immediate treatment costs and ongoing care costs, symptom management, and medical assistance necessary for managing a disability from your injury. Workers’ compensation can also provide disability benefits if you cannot work for an extended period due to your injury. These disability benefits may be temporary or permanent, and they can be awarded on a “partial” or “total” basis, depending on the severity of your injury.
If workers’ compensation doesn’t provide full coverage for your damages resulting from a workplace injury, you could have grounds to seek additional compensation through a civil claim against the party responsible for your injury. North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws typically prohibit lawsuits from injured workers against their employers unless their employers intentionally caused their injuries somehow. However, if someone outside your workplace caused your work injury, your Hickory work injury attorney could help you build a civil claim against them to seek compensation for damages that workers’ compensation won’t cover.
If you have been injured at work, you need a Hickory workplace injury attorney who will fight for your right to fair compensation. Please call us at 828-328-9966 or 888-321-0494 (toll-free) to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
We take injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning if we accept your case, you do not have to pay us if you do not recover damages.