Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Compensation for Workplace Injuries – Charlotte Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Many employed Americans work in dangerous occupations and face the risk of on-the-job injury on an almost daily basis. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal and state agencies provide safety rules and regulations to promote workplace safety, employees can still suffer serious workplace injuries or occupational illnesses. When an employee is injured on-the-job, the process for compensating injury victims is apples-to-oranges when compared with getting compensation for non-work related injuries.
At the Ramsay Law Firm, we have been effectively navigating injured clients through the workers’ compensation process for over 20 years. A workplace injury often means a period of disability where you are unable to work. These injuries can cause loads of stress for an injured worker and his (or her) family due to lost income during the time-off work. The workers’ compensation system can be complicated and generally provides less compensation (money) to injury victims than a personal injury lawsuit can provide.
If you have suffered a work-related injury, you should contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at the Ramsay Law Firm, PA before your employer shuttles you off to an industrial or occupational work injury clinic. The doctors at these clinics normally have a bias favoring employers by providing a very conservative diagnosis, and overly optimistic prognosis, with respect to the patient’s medical condition. Workers’ comp doctors rely on employers for patients. Their practices are built solely on injured workers. These doctors generally have financial agreements with employers, where the doctors agree to keep medical costs low and, in return, employers keep sending their injured workers to these doctors. Employers tend to stop using work comp doctors who makes too many findings of long-term disability favoring injured employees.
A Charlotte workers’ compensation attorney at the Ramsay Law Firm can offer you honest answers and experienced guidance at every stage of the process. We work to get you the care and compensation you need. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Understanding the Workers’ Compensation System for Workplace Injuries in North Carolina
Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, you do not have to prove fault on behalf of your employer to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation system was designed to provide a fast efficient “no fault” system that protects both employers and employees when a workplace injury occurs. If you are injured on the job, you have a right to file a workers’ compensation claim and, in most situations, even if you are partially responsible for your own injury.
While it makes sense to an injured employee that there is no need to prove fault to successfully file a workers’ compensation claim, the workers’ compensation system is generally much less generous in terms of compensating injury victims than a personal injury claim. A workers’ compensation claim provides medical coverage for your injuries. Workers’ compensation also compensates you for lost earnings while off-work, and partial- or full-disability based on the percentage of your permanent impairment (damage caused by the injury). There are many types of work-related injuries and illnesses that can occur, such as a sudden traumatic accident, long-term exposure to a hazardous substance or repetitive motion injury (e.g., carpal tunnel).
Pursuing a Charlotte Personal Injury Lawsuit to Supplement Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Because the compensation available in a workers’ compensation claim is fairly limited, the workers’ compensation lawyers at the Ramsay Law Firm, PA look for responsible parties, other than your employer, who may have contributed to your injury. Workers’ compensation is the only choice available for filing a workplace injury against your employer. Often, other businesses or contractors or their agents or employees may share fault for causing your injuries. Our workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a third-party, and a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. This allows you to take advantage of the workers’ compensation “no fault” system, while seeking a wider-range of damages against a third-party in a personal injury action.
Put the Ramsay Law Firm to Work for You
Our committed and caring legal team recognizes the economic and physical obstacles that face workers who suffer serious injuries at the job site. The emotional stress and confusion of dealing with the complex workers’ compensation system add to this pressure. Our aggressive workplace injury lawyers have helped many clients receive greater compensation by seeking objective medical evaluations, rather than relying on medical reports prepared by work comp doctors who have a vested interest in minimizing your injuries and level of disability.
The Ramsay Law Firm, PA carefully examines the circumstances of your workplace accident to determine if you are able to pursue both a workers’ compensation claim against your employer and a personal injury claim against a third-party. Our workers’ compensation law firm offers a unique mix of trial and settlement experience, a complete understanding of workers’ compensation and personal injury law, and dogged determination to help our clients seek the maximum compensation possible to aide their recovery and assure the well-being of their families.
Attorney Ramsay is there at every stage of the workers’ compensation process:
- Securing medical treatment
- Getting benefits started
- Returning to work (either in your former position or in a light duty job)
- Obtaining compensation for permanent impairment
- Challenging denied workers’ compensation claims
- Making additional related claims such as wrongful termination
The Ramsay Law Firm, PA can also help you explore your options in filing a third-party personal injury claim against a negligent contractor or another individual or business that may be responsible for your injury. We can clarify your expectations and address all of your concerns.
Contact Us Today
Call the Ramsay Law Firm, PA in Charlotte today at (704) 376-1616 or toll free from anywhere in North Carolina at (877) 576-5500 to discuss your case with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. You can also contact us by e-mail to schedule an appointment with a Charlotte work injury lawyer. Your consultation is informative and free.