Dealing with a workers' compensation claim?
Dealing with a workers’ compensation claim? Do you live in Raleigh, Durham, or Eastern North Carolina? Brian M. Ricci and the attorneys at Ricci Law Firm can assist you with all your legal needs related to a workplace injury. We know the right moves to make in order to maximize your recovery.
At Ricci Law Firm PA we know the ins and outs of worker’s comp. With over 30 years of combined experience representing North Carolina folks in workers compensation claims our, competent, aggressive lawyers represent clients throughout North Carolina including Raleigh/Durham, and the Eastern Coast of the State. Ricci Law lawyers regularly handle legal proceedings related to:
- Workers' Compensation Claims
- Workers' Compensation Benefits
- Workers' Compensation Injuries or Illnesses
- Workplace Safety
- Workers Comp
Understanding Workers' Compensation
Worker’s compensation laws are in place to protect Americans who are injured, disabled or killed on the job. This means workers may be covered regardless of who causes the accident—an employee, employer, coworker, customer or other third party.
State coverage:When employees are hurt or disabled in a workplace accident, they are entitled to medical expense coverage and wage replacement. This state-mandated insurance program typically eliminates the need for litigation. Workers’ compensation also provides benefits for dependents when an employee is killed from a tragic on-the-job accident or illness.
Workers' Compensation Q&A
Here are some more answers to some of the most common questions surrounding workers’ compensation, or workmans’ comp.
Are all employees covered by workers' compensation?
No. Your employer must carry workers’ compensation coverage, and this decision often depends on the number of workers at your company and the type of work employees are engaged in. Additionally, depending on the state, workers such as farm laborers, domestic employees and seasonal personnel may be excluded from workmans’ comp coverage.
Is every on-the-job accident covered by workers' compensation?
Most, but not all accidents will be covered. While the law helps to protect employees—even if they caused the accident—there are some limitations, such as an accident that happens when a worker is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Other exceptions may include self-inflected injuries; injuries suffered outside of the workplace (or during work-related travel or functions); or accidents occurring while a worker is committing a crime or acting in a way that violates company policy.
What kinds of bills should workers' compensation cover?
It will cover medical expenses and hospital bills related to your workplace injury/illness diagnosis and treatment, as well as disability payments (about two-thirds of your salary) during the period you are unable to work. It may also cover rehabilitation, job retraining and other benefits specific to your claim.
What are grounds for suing an employer over a workplace accident?
If a work accident, work disability or death at work occurs due to something beyond a reasonable risk, such as a reckless or intentional action by an employer, workers have the right sue in court. In such a case, the claimant would bypass the workers’ compensation program and sue directly for any damages, including punitive damages, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
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If you have additional questions related to workers’ compensation or legal action associated with a workplace safety, please call the skilled attorneys at Ricci Law Firm today for your free evaluation. We are here to represent workers and beneficiaries throughout the great state of North Carolina.
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