My doctors have written numerous treatment and equipment referrals/orders that they feel will either help improve or at least help sustain my current health status due to my work injury. However, workers compensation continually acts as those requests do not exist. They have not denied or approved,... Read more »
While you have a lawyer representing you, I suggest making an appointment with him and sharing your concerns and frustration over your situation. I have found that most good attorneys will respond positively and directly to client concerns like those posted on Justia website. I believe directly...Read more »
I have developed health issues after my work injury that doctors have verified in their diagnosis notes have occurred as a direct result of the work injury. Is workers compensation responsible for providing medical treatment for these health issues? And, if I have paid out of pocket in regards to... Read more »
In most NC workers' compensation (WC) cases, you must have an accident (very liberally defined) or a specific traumatic incident to your back. Other types of WC are called occupational diseases generally result from exposure to some harmful substance. The key to all WC cases is a qualified...Read more »
There is no issue with a person getting access to a Workers' Compensation lawyer. Those lawyers work on contingent fees, so there is no up-front cost to engaging one to help with your workers' compensation case.
The WC doctor ordered an EMG/NCS test (#1) in September, 2020 with an abnormal study indicating minimal nerve damage at my L5 nerve root which suggested a possible recovery time of 8 weeks from a slip & fall injury.
WC doctor ordered PT in October 2020 where I was placed on a Lumbar... Read more »
Yes, an injured worker can file a separate medical malpractice claim when the doctor is not an employee of the same company. While often referred to as “WC” doctors, they usually are not employed by the company where the worker was injured or the workers’ compensation carrier....Read more »
Is an injured worker, who returned back to work for the past 12 months, ENTITLED to benefits when [he] is still receiving pain management treatment for low back pain, given numerous work restrictions by treating doctor echoing the FCE Test restrictions, the treating doctors work note doesn't... Read more »
Yes, if wages are reduced due to pain problems. Workers' Compensation (WC) compensation to injured workers in North Carolina is based on loss of earning capacity and time out of work as determined by qualified medical professionals. In this case, Tony's employer, not medical staff, has...Read more »
Hello! My husband received a WC lump sum settlement of 155,000.It was structured that he will "receive" $119/wk for the next 25 years.(even though he already received it all in one sum) He made around $80k per year when working. If he files and wins his SSDI case, his monthly payment will... Read more »
Social Security Administration will not permit individuals to receive more than 80% of pre-injury monthly gross earnings from combined Workers' Compensation (WC) and Social Security Disability (SSD) payments. This policy was enacted to avoid the situation where injured workers are making more...Read more »
Who knows? It depends on a lot of things you have not mentioned. What is your compensation rate, rating, restrictions, education level, employment history, transferable job skills, future medical need, etc. All of us workers' compensation Certified Specialist lawyers give free...Read more »
My employer was aware of my injury as it happened in front of him but I did not file a claim at the time. There were multiple witnesses and I did have to go to urgent care due to this injury. I have record of that visit. This injury continued causing problems for the next two years including... Read more »
Yes, in some situations. While NC law technically requires filing a workers' compensation claim within thirty (30) days of the accident, the Court will accept claims filed within two (2) years in most situations. The Courts have generally held that claims filed within two (2) years are...Read more »
not to settle my current claim if I renew my WC policy w/ them now that it's up for renewal. They no longer want to insure my company. Can't find another carrier because of my open claim. My attorney doesn't seem to know the answer.
While I would not be comfortable directly answering your question while you have legal counsel, I will suggest you contact NC Department of Insurance 1-855-408-1212; www.ncdoi.gov for a response to the obvious conflicts of interest here.
This is not a workers' comp question, but employment law instead. The answer will depend on the arrangement you had with your employer in regard to the use of the company vehicle. Were you given a company vehicle to drive? Did you also get a gas card? Were you allowed to take the vehicle to...Read more »
NC law requires injured workers be given reasonable and necessary medical care. Our law also gives WC insurance companies the right to control medical treatment as long as they recognize the WC claim. Future medical treatment can be claimed for two (2) years after the last payment of weekly wage...Read more »
You should speak with an experienced Workers' Compensation lawyer before making any recorded statement. NC law does not automatically recognize and accept injuries just because they happen at work. The law also requires an accident or very specific occupational disease (not applicable to a...Read more »
I'm sorry forms 18 and 19 were filled out properly by both employee and employer ..my question is regarding the initial accident/injury report (employer form to be filled out by employee) this form was filled out by the employer NOT employee as it states on the top if the form after it was... Read more »
While signing the employee's name on a form that was not authorized by him/her is fraudulent, I don't know of any specific legal penalties you could gain from a false private internal company document. You certainly could use the unauthorized document as evidence of lack of employer...Read more »
The injury report was not written or even seen by me until 9 months later and denial from insurance to cover my injury.. my signature was not obtained and the employer did not write correctly what happened or even go over the details of the accident/injury with me. but employer submitted it to... Read more »
The NC Court that handles workers' compensation (WC) cases has specific forms for both employees (Form 18) and employers (Form 19) to fill out within thirty (30) days of a work accident. However, the Court will consider employee injury reports as old as two (2) years from the accident...Read more »
I was denied wirkmen compensation for a third claim. Was never notofied by workmen comp the claim was denied . Insteaf I was forced into mediation relsasing thevworkmen comp insurance of all clailms. I was nevet sent a demial of claim in wtiting.
In NC, you can always request a hearing before the Industrial Commission (Workers' Compensation Court) on any disputes. Insurance companies are supposed to promptly respond with written answer to any WC notice of accidents, but are rarely penalized for failure to do so. Disputed claims are...Read more »
Send a letter to the other party's attorney telling them you need the answer within a certain period for example 10 days or two weeks of the date of your letter to them. Offer to talk about the information and why you need it. See if you can work out a deal to get all the information or your...Read more »
No, not in North Carolina. The law allows for compensation for three benefits: Medical treatment, payment for lost time and payment for permanent injury. One of the elements of the original bargain of workers’ compensation law, no compensation for pain and suffering is supposed to be...Read more »
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