I've seen chiropractors and a neurologist and had X-rays and MRI and a nerve conduction study the results were 3 bulging in disc in my neck and lower back and herniated disc in my upper back with pinched nerves all through out my back and spinal s...
In North Carolina, you are entitled to costs of medical treatment, any wage loss, and pain and suffering. The texting of the driver who ran into you can give an attorney a lot of leverage to negotiate a favorable settlement in your claim. You will also need statements from your doctors about what the future holds for you. Find a good attorney to talk to about your claim and don't wait long to do so. If you don't file suit within 3 years of the accident, you will lose your right to pursue any compensation.See question
I am currently on workman's comp with a shoulder injury .bicep detachment relocation and rotator surgery. I have been released to light duty work less than 5 lbs and no lifting above shoulder. Wear jazz brace 3 times a day for 30 minutes and physi...
The short answer is "no." The question has not yet been litigated, but the law in question appears to require that any light duty position offered prior to reaching the end of the healing period must be with the employer of injury. Consult an attorney.See question
I'm just curious, I was hurt at work went to the doc the next morning and found out it was a sprained shoulder. I was prescribed pain meds and muscle relaxers both of which I can't take and go to work but workers comp. Won't kick in for 7 days and...
I would suggest returning to your authorized treating physician and asking him or her whether the job offered to you is appropriate, considering your injury. If the doctor was unclear in the beginning about the physical requirements of your job, it may be better for your injury to stay out of work longer than four days. If this happens, you would expect to get weekly benefits starting with your second week. You could use sick time or vacation for that first week if you have it. After three weeks out, the insurance carrier will have to go back and pay you for that first week. Taking pain pills may be discretionary depending on how much you're hurting, but if your job requires that you not be on pain pills, it may be that the physical requirements are more than is safe for you or you could be reinjured. That's why it is important to run this by the doctor.See question
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