Our workers’ compensation attorneys have answers, regardless of the cause of your injury.
We serve injured workers across North and South Carolina.
No two workplace accidents are exactly alike. An occupational injury or illness impacts you and your family in unique and meaningful ways. For example, a person can miraculously walk away from a serious car accident, or they might suffer life-altering injuries that change the course of their entire life. Or a seemingly harmless slip and fall can give rise to serious symptoms days after the incident. In addition, depending on your line of work, an injury may derail your career or leave you unable to find gainful employment.
There are many individual factors to consider when determining the short and long-term costs of a work-related injury. Nevertheless, there are common themes and trends that emerge when we look at work injury statistics across the U.S. This data proves that work-related accidents and deaths are a sad but inevitable fact of life.
In 2018 alone, there were an estimated 7 million work injuries, and 5,250 workers died from job-related accidents. That breaks down to:
- 90,400 work injuries per week
- 12,900 work injuries per day
- 540 work injuries per hour
- 1 work injury every 7 seconds
Each state has its own workers’ compensation system, which steps in when a work injury happens to provide financial assistance to injured workers. These benefits can be used to pay for medical treatment and lost wages due to the work-related injury, as well as other expenses, and they are offered to employees regardless of fault. So even if your injury was accidental or partly your fault, you still may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Unfortunately, employers and insurers don’t always play by the rules.
If you have questions about filing a work injury claim in North or South Carolina, or you need experienced legal representation to fight for the benefits you’re entitled to, contact our workers’ comp lawyers as soon as possible. Securing the best possible outcome and resolution in your case is our top priority. Your first consultation is free.
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Types of workplace injuries
Workers’ compensation claims generally arise from either a catastrophic accident, repetitive motion injury or occupational illness. While the circumstances and causes surrounding these different types of claims may vary, they are usually covered by workers’ comp in both North and South Carolina.
- Catastrophic accidents. When sudden and traumatic accidents result in life-changing workplace injuries, the injured worker may be transported to the emergency room where they require extensive treatment. Common examples of these types of claims are when a worker is involved in a motor vehicle collision, they get crushed by machinery, they slip and fall, they get electrocuted or there’s an explosion.
- Repetitive stress. While some workplace accidents happen all of a sudden, others occur gradually and over a long period of time. Repetitive stress/strain injuries (also referred to as “RSI”, “cumulative trauma” and “overuse injuries”) typically arise due to a person’s work environment, posture and cumulative actions. Common examples include carpal tunnel, tendonitis, lower back pain, shoulder injuries and tennis elbow, to name a few.
- Occupational illness. Whether due to exposure to hazardous material or toxic chemicals in the workplace, lack of ventilation or loud noises, occupational illnesses and disease can arise due to unsafe working conditions. Once diagnosed, injured workers may face an uphill battle to prove that their condition was work-related. Common examples of occupational illnesses include asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dermatitis and other skin disorders, cancer, mesothelioma, silicosis, hearing loss and blindness.
How long do I have to file a workers’ comp claim?
In both North and South Carolina, the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims is 2 YEARS from the date of the injury (or discovery of the condition). After this period expires, you will no longer be able to file a claim and will lose your right to compensation forever. The sooner you speak with our attorneys about your case, the better.
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Get answers from our work injury attorneys
Regardless of what type of workplace injury you suffered and how, it’s vital that you fully understand your legal rights when it comes to workers’ compensation in your state. Workers’ compensation law in both South and North Carolina can be complex and full of incomprehensible legal jargon. Our Charlotte work injury attorneys at the Wilder Pantazis Law Group can cut through the red tape to secure the maximum benefits you deserve as quickly as possible.
We understand that you and your family are going through a stressful time right now. On top of trying to handle your work injury or illness and focus on recovery, you may be anxiously wondering how you’re going to get by and pay the bills while you’re out of work. Whether you want help filing a workers’ compensation claim or you recently received a denial from your employer or their insurer, our team has the experience, knowledge and passion to help explore your legal rights.