What Are My Workers Comp Rights in North Carolina?
If you’ve become injured or fallen ill at work, you are probably looking into whether or not you’ll qualify for workers compensation benefits.
Fortunately, as long as your injuries were caused by the work you do for your North Carolina employer, you should be covered. Read on to learn more about what your rights are for workers comp in NC.
Coverage by Your Employer
First and foremost, you have the right to coverage by your employer. With few exceptions, any employer who has more than three employees on their staff is obligated by law to carry workers compensation coverage on their insurance policies.
This means that if you suffer a work-related illness or injury in North Carolina, your employer’s insurance provider should provide you with workers comp benefits once your claim has been approved.
The Benefits You’ll Be Entitled To
When your claim has been approved, you’ll begin collecting your benefits. These will include your wage replacement benefits. You’ll receive approximately 66 percent of your average weekly salary each week. This will continue until you are able to return to work or until you reach the maximum weeks allowable based on your given impairment rating.
In addition to your disability benefits, you can also expect to have your medical costs taken care of by the insurer and be given job training or schooling so you can find gainful employment in another industry if you can’t continue working in your current field.
If you were to pass away as a result of your on-the-job injury or illness, your spouse and minor children will be able to collect death benefits that will consist of the same disability benefits you would have received if you hadn’t passed away.
Questions? See How a NC Workers Comp Attorney Can Help
If you have additional questions about what your rights to workers comp are in North Carolina, get in touch with an experienced lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A. Our firm can give you the information you need and help you obtain the benefits you’re entitled to.
You can schedule your free consultation today when you call our office at 252-752-7785 or by completing the online contact form at the bottom of this page.