Under North Carolina workers’ compensation law, disabilities can be placed into one of three categories. These are:
- Temporary total disability – the period in which an employee is in the recovery stage following an accident and cannot return to work
- Temporary partial disability – the period in which medical treatment and recovery have enabled an injured worker to resume some form of gainful employment
- Permanent disability – permanent damage to or loss of a body part has allowed for maximum recovery, but the injured worker will never be able to resume all normal functions
The category your disability is placed in will be dependent on the rating assigned to your injury by your physician.
Your physician will provide your disability rating based on the percentage of impairment caused by your injury. It is your physician’s responsibility to determine the percentage of damage; the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) determines your compensation based on your disability rating.
The NCIC has determined how much compensation various parts of the body deserve and, in some instances, how long benefits can be continued. These rulings are often insufficient for truly covering the cost of your injury.
The Chapel Hill workers’ comp lawyers at White & Stradley have over 20 years of experience helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve. We will work with you and your doctor, helping you deal with the NCIC every step of the way to ensure you are provided the compensation you will need to recover to the best of your abilities.
If you live in Raleigh, Durham, Goldsboro, Greenville, Kinston, Lumberton, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, or Tarboro, North Carolina and have been injured on the job, please contact White & Stradley, PLLC to schedule a free consultation with a workers’ comp lawyer today.