I was injured on the job, I filed workers comp with my employer. I had surgery and did 24 weeks of physical therapy. I was given a rating by my doctor and released back to work with a 15% partial permanent disability rating.
Usually the insurance company is interested in getting this paid because your right to reopen the claim for further benefits continues for two years after the last payment of compensation. If you are unrepresented, call the adjuster and see about getting the paperwork for payment. You also have a right to a second opinion on the rating with a doctor of your choice. If the rating was for an arthroscopy, 15% is pretty good. If it was for a knee replacement, it is deficient and you are entitled to more. Also, if you are unable to perform your prior job and have wage loss as a result, your better option may be wage loss. If any of this raises questions with you, retain a qualified attorney.See question
My job involves lifting and physical labor moving boxed furniture. I was preparing for work (in a truck that I deliver in) turned to pick up a item and my back felts as if it shifted. Now I have constant pain. I have went for two visits to a co...
In North Carolina, an injury to the back may be by "specific traumatic incident," which is by lifting, twisting, bending, etc., as you described. This is often denied by insurance companies because it is a little harder to prove, there being no blood or broken bones. You will need an attorney to help you plead your case.See question
By law the adjuster is late with an answer. So what next?
Call the adjuster and find out what's going on. There are no real penalties for their delay. The best way to get them to answer is to write the Industrial Commission Claims Administration and ask them to enter an Order compelling the insurance company to respond.See question
I was staying at a hotel. I entered the whirlpool and the drain cover was off. I stepped in it and broke my ankle.
Absolutely, the hotel can be liable, if it can be proven that they were negligent in leaving the drain cover off or allowing people to use the whirlpool while the drain cover was off. Different states have different rules regarding the proof of negligence, and you didn't say where the hotel was, but you would need to contact an attorney licensed in the state where the hotel is located or an NC lawyer who can work with a lawyer in another state, if necessary. Each state also has different time limitations on how long you can wait to file a lawsuit before you lose your right to sue, so contact a lawyer as soon as possible.See question
Injured at work broke both ankles and back. Dr gives me 25% impairment for feet/ankles and 20% for back.
That sounds like serious injuries. Although the ratings may provide you with substantial compensation, it still may be only a small portion of what you might be due if you are unable to return to work. Consult with a skilled comp attorney before you decide whether to take money for the ratings.See question
Last January I fell down in the building I worked in. The floors were slippery, the inside lights weren't turned on, when I looked up to see why the lights weren't on I slipped on a wet spot on the floor and I fell face first onto the marble floo...
You likely have a workers' compensation claim, but you may also have a third party injury claim. You should not delay in talking with a board certified workers' compensation specialist.See question
I live in North Carolina and I signed a worker's comp settlement agreement. The lawyer said if I didn't sign the insurance company would give me a hard time and probably would deny future claims. The lawyer charged me 25% for the total settlemen...
A face to face meeting with your attorney is called for. Make an appointment. The answers to your questions are likely contained in the language of the settlement agreement. Take your list of questions and review each one, asking your attorney to show you the language in the agreement you signed whether you still have a remedy with regard to each of your concerns.See question
I was involved in an auto accident resulting from a drunk driver (other party). He swerved into my lane and hit the front and side of my car, spinning me into a pole. I was out of work for between 3-4 months with injuries including soft tissue dam...
There must be some other factors involved that would lead your attorney to suggest settling for an additional $2,000, but it's impossible to tell what that might be without examining the whole file. It's best to sit down with your attorney, who knows your case best, and get a full explanation from him or her as to what the weaknesses in your case are. If you are not satisfied with this approach and willingness to take the claim to trial if need be, then it is time for you to go looking elsewhere.See question
One week ago my hair was shoulder length. "Someone" is cutting my hair at night! Now, its above my shoulders. I have not been anywhere! I believe my husband and "someone" is cutting it while I sleep!
Your name is not by chance Hercules?See question
I lost 3.5 fingers in a bandsaw accident at work and accepted a rushed settlement due to monetary distress and ignorance concerning the settlement process. Due to that same ignorance and loss of confidence I allowed recipt of final check w/o reque...
As the other two well-qualified attorneys have mentioned, whether you are working is of prime importance. If you are unable to work, it may have been an error on the part of the Industrial Commission to accept the payment on your ratings.See question