Learning Center: Workers’ Compensation

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 […]

Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers: A New Blog Series

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Today we begin a new series on the blog about the process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina if you are an undocumented worker. Despite what your employer, the insurance company or coworkers may have told you, if you are hurt at work, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your […]

Surveillance Not Uncommon in Workers’ Compensation Cases

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Private investigators and hidden camera surveillance might seem like the stuff of suspenseful TV shows. But getting “caught” on camera can be a concern in a workers’ compensation case. In fact, it’s much more common than you might think. A worker gets hurt at work and sees a doctor. The doctor gives the worker restrictions […]

Your social media posts may impact your workers’ comp or injury case

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“Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” If you’ve watched any cop shows or movies, you’re probably familiar with those words. While Miranda rights only apply in criminal cases, those words are true even in civil cases. What you say to the insurance adjuster, to your friends, […]

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