The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act provides protection for employees injured during the course of their employment. This Act defines the procedures by which a workers’ comp claim should be reported and how a worker should be compensated while recovering. If the injury causes permanent disability, the Act also determines the compensation for that permanent injury.
Sprains, strains and tears are generally the most common injuries to workers. The largest number of injuries is caused by contact with objects or equipment, followed closely by overexertion. In the most recent statistics published by the U.S. Department of Labor for 20091, workers ages 45-54 had the highest incidence rate of non-fatal injury and illness. Those ages 65+ have the lowest rates. The median number of days away from work in 2009 was ten. Laborers and freight, stock and material movers show the highest number of days away from work due to injury.
Many times we find that the injured worker was denied payment of correct wages while out of work, put back to work before ready, or otherwise treated unfairly. An experienced workers compensation attorney can deal with the complexity of the Act and can work within the system to ensure that all rights and benefits are paid to the injured worker. Brinkley Walser is a strong advocate for the injured worker in North Carolina. There is no charge for an initial consultation.