A workplace injury often results in significant physical pain and suffering, as well as harmful psychological and emotional devastation. At White & Stradley, PLLC, we understand these dynamics. However, North Carolina's workers' compensation benefits do not cover pain and suffering.
Workers' comp instead covers more easily quantified expenses such as doctors' appointments and medical procedures. Pain and suffering does not qualify.
Pain and suffering claims are more often handled in personal injury cases, and victims of workplace accidents are usually helped by the workers' compensation system. However, there are some circumstances in which a personal injury suit might be appropriate.
The most common of these circumstances is a so-called "third party" injury, which is when you suffer an injury in a workplace accident that was caused by neither your employer or yourself. You often have the option to pursue a personal injury claim in this instance, and such a suit can compensate you for pain and suffering.
Of course, the only way to know for sure what your options are is to speak with our workers' compensation attorneys at a free initial consultation. We'll review your case and determine if workers' comp is the right path for you.
If you're a North Carolina resident and you've been hurt in a workplace accident, workers' compensation exists to help you. Please contact White & Stradley, PLLC today for a free consultation.