Here for you when you’re injured at work
Nobody wants to be injured at work. The pain and stress of the injury are made worse by red tape and problems with medical treatment.
When you are hurt at work and your injury is serious, you need help from the Durham workers compensation attorneys at Johnson & Groninger. We know the laws, and how to get you the help you need.
Whether you need a workers’ comp injury attorney or an occupational disease lawyer, your workers’ compensation case can’t wait: you need medical treatment and compensation.
You need a workers’ compensation lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to help you with North Carolina workers’ compensation law. You need Johnson & Groninger, PLLC.
Understanding worker’s comp in NC
Employers in North Carolina have a duty to keep their workplaces safe and free from harm and violence. When they fail to do so and a worker suffers an injury or illness, they can receive compensation from workers’ comp, not a lawsuit against the employer.
Additionally, some injuries may not be covered under workers’ comp even there is no doubt that the injury happened at work. Why? Because most injuries have to have happened “by accident” to be paid for by the employer or the employer’s insurance. An accident may be a slip, trip, or fall, but it also may be any unusual event that causes the injury.
When an employee has an accident at work and reports it, the supervisor will ask what happened. A formal injury report may be filled out. An adjuster may call to request a recorded statement. And the injured employee probably will be asked “was it unusual?”
Many people believe that if something went wrong or a dangerous or unsafe condition existed at work, their injury will not be covered. In fact, the opposite that is true. It is important to be both truthful and detailed in describing the unusual nature of the accident.
What about back injuries?
Back injuries without a clear accidental cause, many specific occupational diseases, and other work-related conditions can also be covered under workers’ compensation. Each of these conditions has special rules that determine whether the employer or insurance company will have to pay for medical treatment, time out of work, and permanent injury.
Back injuries happen all too often. When an employee engages in heavy lifting as a regular part of his or her job and has an injury, there may not have been an unusual event that caused the injury.
Fortunately, injured workers only have to show “a specific traumatic injury” to the neck and back to prove that the injury was work-related. In other words, there has to be a trauma at a point in time that caused the injury, but no unusual event.
Meet our workers’ compensation attorneys
We have two board-certified NC workers’ compensation attorneys – Valerie Johnson and Jennifer Segnere – who know the law. And Valerie Johnson’s book on NC workers’ compensation law is the one lawyers turn to. Your questions about your case are questions that we have answered before.
We can push for medical treatment and help you get your weekly benefits. We can tell you when your workers’ comp settlement is reasonable, and when it isn’t. Our experience in court means that we will go to bat for you – and if it takes going to a hearing to do that, we won’t hesitate.
North Carolina workers’ compensation cases we’ve handled
Not all workers’ compensation cases involve injuries. Some claims are for occupational diseases, conditions that were caused by work. You need an experienced occupational disease lawyer – we often fight for compensation for clients whose conditions were caused by their jobs. We know what to prove and how to prove it.
Not everyone with a workers’ comp injury needs a workers’ comp lawyer. We have a free book to answer your questions and help you get back what you lost. Call us if you need to know whether a workers’ compensation attorney can help you with your claim.
We handle NC workers’ compensation cases like:
- A police officer whose serious hand injury at an NC State football game was denied by his employer, leaving him with more than $100,000 in medical bills
- A man who lost his hand in a food processing machine when it turned on while he was cleaning it
- Workers who developed lung diseases after exposure to chemicals in their work
- A man whose burn injuries resulted in months in a burn unit and who needed home care and many surgeries, one of which was denied by the insurance company
- A state employee injured at a training camp who was paralyzed, requiring attendant care from his wife
- A woman who fell from an escalator after a company dinner, resulting in head and arm fractures
- A Duke employee that needed an ankle replacement after a fall at work when her employer denied treatment
Consultations in workers’ compensation cases are free
If you suffered a burn injury, construction injury, or any other kind of work injury, call the board-certified workers’ compensation lawyers at Johnson & Groninger PLLC. We’ll fight for your rights.
Common worker’s compensation questions
What is workers’ compensation?
What kinds of injuries are covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act?
How do I file a claim for an injury or work-related condition?
I was driving from home to work and had a car accident before I arrived. Would I have a workers’ compensation claim for my injuries?
I was injured on the job, but the injury was caused by someone with no connection to my employer. What are my rights?
My spouse was killed on the job. Would I be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits or would I have a wrongful death case?
My employer and I disagree about my workers’ compensation benefits. What Can I do?
If an employee is receiving workers’ compensation benefits, but returns to work, is the employee still entitled to receive benefits?
Under a no-fault system, can an employee recover workers’ compensation benefits, no matter what he or she did to cause the injury?
What are my rights as injured employee?
Can I expect to get medical treatment from workers’ compensation for my injury?
But if they pay for the treatment I need, doesn’t it mean that my claim is accepted?
Can I go to my own doctor?
If you have been injured at work, the board-certified specialists at Johnson and Groninger PLLC can help you sort out all the issues in your claim. We are here to help.
Know the ins and outs of NC workers’ compensation lawValerie Johnson is the co-author of North Carolina Worker’s Compensation Law: A Practical Guide to Success at Every Stage of a Claim. This book serves as an attorney’s go-to guide for workers’ compensation cases.
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