Nearly all employees in the state of North Carolina are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits for illnesses or injuries that are work-related. To receive compensation, you must be able to demonstrate that a condition arose due to your employment and occurred over the course of employment. In general, this means a person who at the time was an employee and engaged in an activity that benefitted their employer and posed risks related to their condition. Our knowledgeable and experienced Huntersville workers compensation lawyers at Harman Law assist injured workers with making the case that they are eligible to receive different types of workers’ compensation benefits. If your claim has been denied by your employer, we can help you with your appeal, to pursue the entire range of benefits that you deserve.
North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Illness And Injury Claims
In general, there are four different types of conditions that workers’ compensation claims refer to. They are the following:
These are physical injuries that are the result of an event, like getting hit by an object, moment of overexertion, a slip and fall or another kind of accident.
Repetitive Stress Injury
These are physical injuries that result from needing to repeat the same movement repeatedly while performing your job. Some examples include hearing loss, pinched nerves, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Mental Stress Injury
These are debilitating psychological conditions arising from employment. Some examples include depression, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
These are sicknesses that are a result of being exposed to an industrial environment. Some examples of occupational illness include acid reflux disease, mesothelioma, asthma.
In order to be eligible to receive benefits, a worker needs to prove that their work activities caused their condition to occur or aggravate a condition that previously existed.
Mental stress injuries are particularly challenging since the worker is required to prove that their stress is a result of the work environment as opposed to other circumstances in her or his life. That can require a high level of transparency regarding very private parts of a worker’s life. Often it is a lot easier to obtain benefits for mental injuries when they relate to physical injuries that were sustained at work. Whenever mental stress is claimed as an injury by a worker, it might be necessary to prove “outrageous and extreme” behavior by the employer is what caused their harm. This conduct may include verbal abuse, threats, and sexual harassment, which can be grounds for a lawsuit as well.
Contact Harman Law for Your NC Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you have sustained an occupational disease or illness, or a physical injury on the job, Harmon Law are here to help you. Our experienced and skilled legal team can help you obtain the benefits that you deserve under North Carolina state law. For your free consultation, contact us online or give us a call at (704) 766-8729.