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Get Help From A Capable Greensboro, North Carolina, Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Attempting to provide for yourself or your family after sustaining a serious work injury can be very difficult. Workers are often distraught at the thought of not bringing in income to support their households.

If you have been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to assist you until you are able to work again. At Jay Gervasi, P.A., we strive to educate our clients about the workers’ compensation system and to guide them through the process of obtaining benefits. To inquire about scheduling a free initial consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, contact our North Carolina workers’ comp law office.

How The Workers’ Compensation System Works In North Carolina

Workers’ compensation is a system in which a worker with qualifying injuries on the job is compensated by his or her employer or the employer’s insurance company. This is a “no-fault” system, meaning the worker (with only a few exceptions) will be compensated regardless of the negligence of the employer or the injured worker in the accident. In North Carolina, workers’ compensation is governed by the Workers’ Compensation Act and is administered by the Industrial Commission, which also serves as the court for litigating disputes.

Injuries qualify for compensation if they arise out of and in the course of employment and are the result of an “accident,” a “specific traumatic incident” (only for back injuries and hernias) or an “occupational disease.” The compensation available generally includes:

  1. Weekly wage compensation in the amount of two-thirds of the average preinjury wage for as long as the worker is unable to work*
  2. Payment of medical expenses
  3. Additional compensation for permanent bodily damage or wage loss, in appropriate cases

While receiving compensation, the worker is generally required to cooperate with medical treatment, as well as with medical or vocational rehabilitation professionals assigned to the case and to return to suitable work if it becomes available. Compensation cannot be terminated legally without the approval of the Industrial Commission.

While this process may seem simple enough, complicated issues often arise. For example, the suitability of substitute employment when the worker is unable to return to the original job, particularly when the substitute employment pays less or is less secure than the original, can be a very complicated issue. Similarly, whether there has been an “accident,” the calculation of the average weekly wage, whether the worker is an employee of the employer (or an employee of a subcontractor) and many other issues can become challenging to resolve. Accordingly, the information provided on this site should not be used as legal advice. If you have questions about workers’ compensation, you should contact a qualified lawyer.

Injuries And Illnesses That May Qualify For Workers’ Compensation

Presenting and advocating for an employee’s workers’ compensation claim requires a deep knowledge of workers’ compensation law, particularly in complex cases. Attorney Jay Gervasi has more than 35 years of legal experience and is a board-certified specialist in workers’ compensation law by the North Carolina State Bar. He provides the quality counsel and personalized representation families need at every step of the process. His experience and persistence help us obtain the maximum compensation our clients can receive for:

  • Fatal accidents: We know that money cannot erase the pain of losing a loved one, but a financial settlement can help provide the financial stability you need as you move forward.
  • Mental health: We help individuals receive the benefits they need if they are unable to work because of mental health struggles, such as emotional trauma after seeing a co-worker killed in a workplace accident.
  • Harmful motion injuries: If you are suffering because of the harmful repetitive motions you perform at work, we can help you receive the compensation you need. We represent individuals in a variety of cases, including carpal tunnel syndrome, torn rotator cuffs and other orthopedic injuries.
  • Occupational injuries and diseases: Occupational injuries and diseases are caused by exposure to dangerous conditions or chemicals that are unique to the place of employment. We help nurses, truck drivers and construction workers recover compensation, and we have obtained financial settlements in mesothelioma and lung cancer cases.

Get The Answers You Need From Jay Gervasi, P.A.

Whether you have questions regarding workers’ compensation and the injury or illness you’ve suffered, need assistance filing a claim or have had a claim denied, we will work diligently to serve your needs. Contact North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer Jay Gervasi to ask about a free initial consultation.

*The maximum duration of compensation for total disability has become complicated with revisions to the Workers’ Compensation Act in 2011. Injuries before the effective date of those revisions allow for compensation for an indefinite time period. Injuries occurring after that date may be limited to 500 weeks of compensation, though some injured workers will qualify for longer periods. If your claim involves such long periods of time out of work, you should consult a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer.