Learning Center: Workers’ Compensation

Answers to Your COVID-19 Employment Questions

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Now that North Carolina’s stay-at-home order has been lifted, many people are going back to their jobs or have already been back at work for a while. You may have questions about how the pandemic may change the workplace and how this impacts your legal rights. In the Q&A below, I’m addressing some of the […]

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 and Workers’ Compensation

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Are essential workers and others who are exposed to COVID-19 on the job able to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they become sick? The answer to that question is a complicated one, especially here in North Carolina. Some states have enacted legislation or implemented special rules to ensure workers’ comp coverage for first responders, health […]

Treating Injured Workers: Is Chiropractic Care Covered?

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Updated February 2019 Can I see a chiropractor for my workers’ compensation injury? The answer is … maybe. While we respect the care that chiropractors provide in some injury cases, the insurance companies don’t share that opinion because chiropractors are not medical doctors. Our general recommendation is that you should not seek treatment from a […]

Undocumented Workers Rights: Workers’ Compensation in NC

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North Carolina is home to about 350,000 undocumented immigrants. These immigrants are an important part of the state’s economy and workforce, performing some of the most dangerous and deadly jobs. A large percentage work in agriculture, construction and manufacturing – industries with significantly higher rates of workplace injuries or deaths. What are undocumented workers rights? What […]

Employee or Independent Contractor? Who is Eligible for Workers’ Comp?

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You may be wondering if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation based on your employment status, read below to see the differences in each status. North Carolina law requires businesses with three or more employees to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect them in case of injury or illness. There are a few exemptions, including household […]

Can I Choose Which Doctor Treats Me After My Workplace Injury?

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It depends. There’s no single, straightforward answer to that question. Generally, your employer’s insurance company will dictate which doctors you see when you have an accepted workers’ compensation claim. While you may prefer to see your family physician or another doctor of your choosing, this isn’t always possible. If you’ve been injured on the job, […]

Dealing with Employers Who Won’t Acknowledge a Workplace Injury

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Typically, when someone is injured on the job in North Carolina, their employer will acknowledge the injury, file an accident report, and provide the worker with instructions for how to get medical treatment as part of a workers’ compensation claim. Problems arise when an employer refuses to acknowledge a workplace injury. There are several reasons […]

Reporting a Workplace Injury: Put it In Writing

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Want to know the simplest thing you can do to help your workers’ compensation claim? As soon as possible, report the injury to your employer – and be sure to put it in writing. Particularly with back, shoulder and knee injuries, it’s important to report the injury early and in writing. Not doing so could […]

Why You Need An Attorney for Your Workers’ Comp Claim

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Like most homeowners, I enjoy doing some DIY projects. But some home repairs are too complex or important to tackle by myself. That’s when I call in a professional to help. If you’ve been trying to DIY your workers’ compensation claim, you know what I’m talking about. Dealing with the insurance company, your employer, the […]

Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers, Part 3: Handling Challenging Claims

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This is Part 3 of our series on workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants. You can find links to the entire series here. It is not unusual for undocumented workers to use a pseudonym, or false name, when seeking employment. In fact, it’s not unusual for several people to share the same pseudonym. It’s important your […]

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