Worker’s compensation is a system established by statute in North Carolina that governs the benefits provided to workers who sustain compensable injuries that arise out of and in the course and scope of that worker’s employment. If you are injured on the job, instead of directly suing your employer for damages, which may still be possible if the conduct was intentional or grossly reckless, you could be eligible to receive benefits through worker’s compensation at your employer’s expense. These benefits may include lost wages, temporary or permanent disability, as well as payment of medical bills and rehabilitation.
The statute in North Carolina that governs compensation rates for specific injuries is Section 97-31 of N.C.G.S. If you receive an injury that does not completely heal, your doctor may assign an “impairment rating”, which can be used to calculate the benefits you are entitled to.
If you have an injury that is just temporary, you may be entitled to lost wages, which is calculated by taking two thirds of your “average weekly wage” after the first 7 days of disability. Average weekly wage is your gross income earned in the year leading up to and preceding the injury.
If you have been injured on the job please contact Mr. Golden as soon as possible to evaluate your workers compensation claim.