Work Injury Lawyer Serving North and South Carolina
Workers’ compensation has been developed to assist people who have been injured while at work. If you have been injured while working for an employer, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. In order to receive workers’ compensation, you must have been employed at the time you are injured, and the injury must be a result of the employment. Your injuries must be caused by whatever tasks you have been assigned while employed. This may also include illnesses sustained while at work. For example, if your job requires you to perform a task that involves hazardous chemicals and you end up getting ill, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. When you are ready to explore your legal options, we will be here for you. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a workers compensation attorney. We’ll review your situation free of charge and advise you of your legal options.
Follow Workers’ Compensation procedures ANYTIME you are hurt at work. If you suffer any potentially serious injury on the job, you must follow certain procedures – even if you aren’t immediately sure whether your injury will have a long-term impact on your ability to work. Skipping steps now can mean paperwork headaches later – and it may cost you the opportunity to file a claim. Among the steps you should take:
1. Report the Work Injury Immediately. This is the most important thing to remember. No matter how minor you think your injury is, notify your supervisor right away, as well as your human resources representative if applicable, providing the following information:
- That you were injured while working
- The exact date of the injury
- The location of injury
2. Seek Medical Attention. You have the right to choose your own doctor, and your employer or its insurance company can also choose a doctor for you to see.
3. Keep a Written Journal. Important details you should log include:
- What was the date of accident?
- Who was around when the injury happened?
- Who did you talk to after the injury?
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you are covered by Workers’ Compensation, your eligibility begins the first day of work. Once you have informed your employer, you will file a claim for benefits. When you are injured at work, you are entitled to two things:
- Medical benefits.
- Wage benefits (if a doctor has taken you off work for more than one week.) Your wage benefits must be paid weekly or however you were paid while working. Your medical treatment must be approved and paid in a timely manner.
Once you have filed a claim for benefits, you will be contacted by a representative from your company’s Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier, which may ask you questions regarding your injury and send you paperwork to complete.
Claim Denial and Third-Party Lawsuits
If your claim is denied, you may file a written dispute with the Office of Workers’ Compensation, which will schedule a mediation conference to try and resolve the dispute. However, if you don’t feel your claim is being handled appropriately and you don’t agree with the denial, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We can provide representation and advice and help to get your claim approved.
If your injury was caused by another party in addition to your employer – for instance, if you were hurt because of defective equipment on the job – you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against a third party. It’s important to understand whether your situation merits this type of action because a third-party claim may obtain higher compensation amounts than Workers’ Compensation insurance can provide.
Contact the Workers Compensation Law Firm of Bice Law
We know that job-related injuries can have very serious long-term consequences for you and your family. The Workers’ Compensation insurance program exists to deal with these situations, but applying for and receiving benefits can be a frustrating experience. If you’ve been hurt on the job – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.