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Workers' Compensation

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident while on the job, it's important to contact an experienced North Carolina workers' compensation attorney to figure out your next steps.

Workers’ Compensation FAQs

Hardison & Cochran is proud to serve our clients with a workers’ compensation team that is comprised entirely of Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists. We bring extensive skill, knowledge and experience to every workplace injury or illness case that we handle.

Whether you are just starting out on seeking workers’ compensation benefits or running into difficulty with a current claim, we want to help you. We assist workers and their families throughout Raleigh and North Carolina. Simply call or contact us online today to get started.

You can also review our Frequently Asked Questions below to get a better general understanding of the issues that may be present in your case. When you meet with us, we can discuss your specific facts and legal issues.

I was injured while on break, can I still receive Workers’ Compensation benefits?

An employee may be entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act if he or she sustains (1) an injury by accident (2) arising out of and (3) in the course of employment. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97–2(6).
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Do I have to use my vacation time or sick leave when injured and out of work?

No. You do not have to use up your vacation time or sick leave when you get hurt. In fact, if your case is accepted and you do use your vacation time or sick leave, you may still be entitled to temporary total disability benefits for those days.

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Can I get Workers’ Compensation if I have a heart attack at work?

It depends. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act states that an employee’s injury is compensable only when it arises out of and in the course of’ the employment.

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If I get injured on the job, what should I do next?

First, notify your employer. Second, contact an attorney who will provide helpful guidance and make sure your rights are protected from the beginning.

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Where do I go for medical treatment after I get hurt at work?

Your employer has the right to direct you to a doctor for treatment. However, you have a right to get a second opinion if you are dissatisfied with your treatment.

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Should I give my employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company a recorded statement?

While it is customary for employers or workers’ compensation insurers to ask for a recorded statement, you may want to consult with an attorney before you do so.

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What does it mean to receive temporary total disability benefits?

If your injury prevents you from working – but only for what is expected to be a short period of time – you may be entitled to receive temporary total disability benefits.

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Can I receive workers’ compensation benefits if my work injury causes disfigurement?

Yes, under some circumstances, you can be compensated for disfigurement.

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What if I have to change my line of work because I was injured on the job?

This situation often arises among workers whose injuries prevent them from returning to a previous job that requires extensive physical activity. Fortunately, there are benefits available to help the transition to a new career.

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If I was hurt because of a defective forklift, can I file a “third-party claim?”

Even though you cannot sue your employer if suffer an injury that entitles you to workers’ compensation benefits, you may be able to sue any “third party” who caused the harm. This would appear to be an example of a case where a “third-party claim” may be warranted.

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What should I do if I am not receiving my workers’ compensation benefits check?

It can be frustrating and potentially devastating if you do not receive workers’ compensation benefits that you are entitled to receive. It is important to contact an attorney right away.

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Can I be fired or demoted if I file a workers’ compensation claim?

The short answer: No. It is against the law for an employer to terminate or demote an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This is covered by both state and federal laws. However, these cases require careful handling.

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Do I need an attorney to handle my workers’ compensation claim?

Even though you can pursue workers’ compensation benefits without the help of an attorney, it is not recommended that you do so.

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