The Four Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits in North Carolina
Experienced attorneys help ensure you get the benefits you deserve
If you have been injured on the job, it’s important that you file a workers’ compensation claim immediately so you can have quick access to the benefits you deserve. The key to getting the most out of your benefits is to educate yourself about your rights and to consult a knowledgeable attorney as soon as you suspect your rights may be in jeopardy. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, our legal team is ready to fight for the benefits you deserve.
Accessing the full range of benefits you are entitled to
There are four major types of workers’ compensation benefits available to injured workers in North Carolina:
- Medical bills — Workers’ comp pays for 100 percent of all reasonable and necessary medical treatment. However, there are often disagreements over what constitutes “reasonable and necessary” treatment, especially when doctors and patients disagree on the extent of the injury or course of treatment. Insurers can threaten to cut off payments for questionable treatments.
- Rehabilitation and retraining — If you are unable to return to your previous job because your injury prevents you from performing job tasks, you may be eligible for rehabilitation services to overcome your limitations. If those limitations are permanent, you may qualify for benefits that pay the costs of retraining to develop skills for comparable employment.
- Compensation — While you are unable to work, you can receive disability benefits that replace a portion of your lost earnings, usually two-thirds of your average weekly wages. If you cannot resume your previous position but are cleared for light duty at a lower wage, workers’ comp will pay to replace a portion of those losses, usually about two-thirds of the difference in pay between the two positions. If you sustain a permanent loss of function or lose a body part, you can receive additional compensation.
- Death benefits — When a worker suffers a job-related death, a surviving spouse and dependent children receive death benefits under workers’ comp, which also contributes to funeral and burial costs.
Many injured workers get discouraged with the workers’ comp bureaucracy and never receive the full range of benefits they are entitled to. If you’re having difficulty accessing any of your benefits, an experienced attorney at our firm can help.
Contact our knowledgeable attorneys for your North Carolina workers’ compensation claim
If you have been injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is ready to help. Our experienced legal team can help you get the benefits you deserve under North Carolina law. Call us at (888) 351-1038 or contact us online for a free consultation.