Charlotte Workers Compensation Attorney – Call 704-765-2656 – Auger & Auger
Charlotte Workers Compensation Attorney | Auger & Auger
If you have been injured on a job in Charlotte, then you are eligible for workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation is a legally mandated program and is intended to safeguard individuals from accidents that happen while working. In North Carolina, any employer that has three or more employees is required to purchase it.
The law firm of Auger & Auger was founded in 1994 by Herbert W. Auger to represent North Carolina residents in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Auger leads the team of lawyers that litigate workers’ compensation cases and handles all cases personally. Together they have over 35 years of experience and are recognized by other law firms for their success in representing their clients.
Auger & Auger offers a free consultation to anyone who has been injured while working. Auger & Auger do not collect fees from their clients until their case has been successfully litigated. During the free consultation the attorneys’ of Auger & Auger will discuss the circumstances surrounding the case, explain benefits, and any responsibilities you may have to ensure the case is properly handled.
Workers’ Compensation Eligibility
To be eligible for workers’ compensation you must have been injured while performing your job. It does not matter if the injury occurred on the employer’s property, or on an off-site location, as long as the activity being done was job-related. Illnesses or conditions caused by environmental exposure, such as chemicals or mold, and repetitive stress injuries are also eligible.
Receiving workers’ compensation benefits does not depend on who was at fault. Because of this, on the job injuries can only be addressed by workers’ compensation and not by a lawsuit. If the injury was the result of a defective piece of equipment, or some item from a third party, a personal injury lawsuit may be possible against the third party. The possibility of third party liability can be discussed during the initial consultation.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation will pay for all medical expenses for treatment of the injury, as long as they are covered by the employer’s insurance plan. Treatment outside of the employer’s insurance plan is possible, however, permission must be obtained in writing first. The cost of traveling for medical treatment may also be covered, as long as the entire distance driven is greater than 20 miles.
If an injury prevents you from working, you may be eligible to recover lost wages. If you are out of work for less than 7 days, wages will not be reimbursed. Absences lasting from 7 to 21 days will be reimbursed, except for the first 7 days. If you are out for more than 21 days, all wages will be reimbursed. Injuries that prevent you from doing the same job again may require additional job training. This is also covered by workers’ compensation.
When an injury occurs, it must be fully documented so that all details of the event are clearly understood. A written report by the injured person should be submitted to the employer, no later than 30 days after the injury, describing what occurred and injuries sustained. This will help to evaluate any third party liability, document the extent of the injuries at the time, and provide a historical context for injuries that arise later.
Employers should file workers’ compensation claims to document all injuries. However, in instances where they do not, the injured employee may file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission within two years of the accident.
Being injured at work can cause long-term suffering and financial loss when not properly addressed. The law firm of Auger & Auger has the experience and knowledge to pursue your case and obtain all the benefits you deserve. If you feel you have a workers’ compensation claim call (704) 765-2656 now, or visit www.augerlaw.com, to schedule your free consultation.