Workplace injuries can oftentimes be serious and leave a lasting impact that is felt long after your accident. The workers’ compensation system provides several possible avenues for workers to get as close to normal as possible.
Compensation for a Permanent Disability
In many workers’ compensation cases, your doctor will find that you have reached “maximum medical improvement,” which essentially means that further medical treatment will not help your injury. Even though you may be at maximum medical improvement, you may still be symptomatic or your use of your injured body part may be limited. In those cases, your doctor will often assign you a permanent disability rating for that body part. You are entitled to an award based on this permanent disability. Our lawyers can help you get every dollar that you are entitled to receive based on this permanent disability.
Compensation for Scarring
You may also be entitled to a workers’ compensation award if you have been permanently scarred as a result of your workplace accident. If you have suffered serious disfigurement of either your head or your face, then you may be entitled to an award of up to $20,000. If any other part of your body has been disfigured, you may be entitled to an award of up to $10,000. Our lawyers can help you to evaluate any such scarring or disfigurement so that you can better understand what you are entitled to receive in the North Carolina workers’ compensation system.
In addition to being painful, permanent disabilities can leave you unable to perform the basic tasks of your job. It is in the insurance company’s best interests to get you back to work as soon as possible. If your employer is unable to accommodate any work restrictions caused by your accident, then they may try to provide you with vocational rehabilitation. These are services that assist you in looking for a new job within your restrictions and, if necessary, providing you with the requisite job skills. We can help you navigate your vocational rehabilitation to help protect your interests, advance your career, and ensure that the insurance company doesn’t rush you back to work.