Many individuals who have been injured on the job know the challenges associated with filing a workers’ compensation claim. While most people think that filing a workers’ compensation claim takes care of all costs associated with medical bills, prescriptions, and lost wages, that is unfortunately not always the case.
If you have experienced a work-related injury, the best thing to do is to hire a workers’ compensation attorney. The entire workers’ compensation system process is something that many individuals may feel is complicated, confusing and frustrating. Retaining the services of a North Carolina Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist who is experienced in workers’ compensation process is a way to assist you in navigating this process, especially in claims which have been denied by the employer and their insurance company.
If your workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina has been denied, the first course of action is to request a hearing before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. This is done by filling a Form 33 with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The next step is mediation, where the parties will be offered an opportunity to potentially negotiate an agreement for payment of benefits that allows the parties to avoid a hearing before the Industrial Commission. If the parties are not able to reach such an agreement at mediation, then the parties will appear before a Deputy Commissioner for a full evidentiary hearing. As part of the full evidentiary hearing you, your employer, doctors, and anyone else who may be able to offer relevant evidence concerning your workers’ compensation claim may be able to offer testimony. The Deputy Commissioner will then determine whether and to what benefits you may be entitled to receive based on your workers’ compensation claim.
The attorney you retain to represent you for your workers’ compensation claim can help you navigate this process in order to assure you receive any benefits you may be entitled to as a result of your injury at work.
Workers’ compensation claims, which ware denied by the employer and their insurance company may result in significant financial hardship for the individual. The good news is that there are options for fighting the denial of the workers’ compensation claim.
The North Carolina Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists at Cardinal Law Partners represent individuals in workers’ compensation claims, which have been denied by the employer and their insurance company. Contact us today to discuss the details of your workers’ compensation claim.