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FAQ: How Do Worker’s Compensations Work?

FAQ: How Do Worker’s Compensations Work?

By Raleigh + Durham Worker’s Compensation Attorneys at Hyland + Padilla, PLLC


Video Transcription:

Hi, I’m Andrea Fowler, and I’m an attorney here with Hyland & Padilla. Today I want to go over a question about worker’s compensation law. A lot of people who have an accident at work have never experienced this, and they want to know: “How do worker’s compensations generally work?” Generally, what happens is if you have an accident or something unusual happens that causes you to get injured at work. Now, there are a few sections to those, but we will get into those later. You have an accident at work, and you report it to your employer, and what they should do is then report it to their worker’s compensation carrier and/or send you to the doctor immediately if you require medical treatment. Once the claim process is started, one of two things will happen:  either worker’s compensation insurance will investigate your claim, and decided that they’re going to accept it which means that a bunch of benefits that are under the Worker’s Compensation Act will be available to you including paying for and directing your medical treatment, and paying for your time out of work if you miss over a certain amount of days.

Generally, what they pay is 2/3 of what we call your average weekly wage, and then there is even a third benefit that would be available to you towards the end of your case which is based on permanent injury ratings that the doctor may give you. That was the option one of how your cases could go. Option number two is that they could potentially do their investigation decide to deny your case.

If they deny your case, it is really important to contact an attorney immediately as in the sooner we can get involved, the easier it is for us to find witnesses and evidence to help you prove your claim. All you would have to do is call Hyland & Padilla at 919-419-9933, and we would be able to set up a free consultation to tell you how we think we can proceed forward, and bring your claim to a hearing in front of the Industrial Commission which is the court that hears worker’s compensation cases.

If you need assistance with your worker’s compensation claim, or the insurance company is denying a claim you feel should be covered, give Hyland + Padilla a call today to discuss your situation with one of our Raleigh + Durham worker’s compensation attorneys.

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  • Carlos M.
    Carlos M.
    2019-05-03
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    Andrea fue excelente al ayudarme a lidiar con el seguro después de que alguien me golpeara en la carretera. Su oficina y el personal son muy profesionales!

  • Juliette G
    Juliette G
    2019-05-03
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    Andrea with Hyland and Padilla was extraordinary on my case! She was very professional, courteous and went above and beyond the call do duty to resolve my case with expertise and the least amount of disruption to my life! I want to thank her and all at the firm for assisting me with closure in a very traumatic life event! Thank you for everything you did! Julie J

  • Hussein B.
    Hussein B.
    2019-05-03
    Google

    Thank you Mr Padilla You are truly successful lawyers and deserve all respect and appreciation. Thank you very much for helping me with my case and returning my full legal rights and financial compensation from the insurance company. Thank you. Thank you again

  • Carlos M.
    Carlos M.
    2019-04-18
    Google

    Definitivamente una gran elección! Me dejaron severamente quemado en la mano y el brazo después de un accidente de trabajo. Pude obtener dinero por mis lesiones gracias a Hyland y Padilla. Uno de los mejores abogados de compensación de trabajadores en Durham.

  • Miana I.
    Miana I.
    2019-04-10
    Google

    Working with Andrea and her team was a pleasant and professional experience from beginning to end. Although there were lots of quirks that presented throughout my case, she was always kind, returned all of my calls and answered every question that I had, all with a smile in her voice. She didn't hold back in sharing the not soo fun stuff, however, she also came with suggestions and solutions. She worked really hard to ensure that my case was resolved in a timely manner. I would recommend her 1000%. Even throughout such a difficult time in my life, this was a very positive experience.

  • Karen R.
    Karen R.
    2019-04-10
    Google

    Mr. Padilla and Brenda really took my case seriously. They made sure I received all the care I needed and they were always available if I had questions or concerns.

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