Lifting Injuries

North Carolina Attorneys Assisting Workers’ Compensation Claimants

Back strains, knee injuries, crushed limbs, and other harm caused by heavy lifting can occur in many trades and professions, and they may arise out of a number of activities. If you cannot perform your job fully or at all due to a job-related lifting injury, you may be entitled to benefits. At Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers provide experienced and dedicated legal representation to individuals pursuing benefits, and we can answer any questions you may have after an on-the-job accident.

Benefits For Workplace Lifting Injuries

Lifting injuries may affect the back, spine, or neck. They often involve herniated or ruptured discs, fractured vertebrae, torn muscles, broken bones, paralysis, and other conditions or disabilities. They may be the result of an unexpected workplace accident and arise suddenly in a single, traumatic occurrence, or they may develop over time. If a lifting injury was caused by a job-related accident, you may be eligible for medical treatment and wage benefits.

The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act covers employees who are hurt in an accident, a specific traumatic incident, or an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of their employment. An accident is an unusual, unexpected interruption of the regular work routine that can be identified by time and place. If the stairs give way while you are lifting a heavy object, causing you to drop it on your foot, your foot injury would be the result of a workplace accident. A specific traumatic incident, on the other hand, includes injuries that occur as the result of routine work activities but arise unexpectedly after a particular event. Specific traumatic event incidents apply only to back injuries and hernias in most cases. For example, if lifting is regularly part of your job, but you suddenly feel a sharp pain in your back one day at work, that may be considered a specific traumatic incident for which you are covered under workers’ compensation.

Since there are several steps involved in pursing a workers’ compensation claim, many people may benefit from hiring an attorney to represent them and protect their interests during the proceedings. After you have been hurt, you should report the injury or accident to your employer as soon as possible. You should seek prompt medical treatment from one of your employer’s preferred health care providers, if available. Within 30 days, you should provide written notice to your employer of the injury, the date it occurred, and a brief description of the injury. In addition, you will need to prepare and complete a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission and provide a copy to your employer or your employer’s insurance company. The claim should be filed within 30 days of the injury, or at most two years from the date of the injury.

Employees who are covered by the workers’ compensation system are entitled to reasonable and necessary medical treatment to cure or relieve the effects of the injury, as well as expenses for traveling to receive care. Medical treatment mauy also include attendant care if ordered by a healthcare provider it required to assist with activities of daily living or safety. They may also be awarded payment for lost earnings through total or partial temporary or permanent disability benefits, and they may receive vocational rehabilitation.

Explore Your Options with a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in North Carolina

At Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys provide guidance to people who are seeking workers’ compensation benefits after a job-related accident or illness. We have assisted individuals in Asheville, Franklin, Rutherfordton, Waynesville, Spruce Pine, and beyond. To discuss your benefits claim with one of our work injury attorneys, contact us at (800) 533-6845 or complete our online form to arrange a free consultation.

Each case is different, so not all information on this website, as well as some which may not be provided, will apply to every case. Because the facts and relevant laws are different from case to case, Grimes Teich Anderson does not guarantee that the outcome, results or experiences with one lawyer or one case will be similar to another.

**Except for Employment Law Cases, Attorney’s fees are a percentage of the entire recovery and will be deducted before other expenses. In addition to the fee in these cases, Client will be responsible for litigation expenses, which will either be deducted from the recovery or paid by the client. Some Employment Law Cases may be handled on a contingent fee basis and others handled on an hourly basis, where the client is billed for the hours spent on the case. Based on our experience, we will advise you of the most appropriate fee arrangement in Employment Law cases.

Material on this website is for information purposes and is not legal advice.

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