At White & Stradley, PLLC, we understand that there are more than just economic problems involved when you suffer an on-the-job injury. In many cases, you have to deal with a great deal of pain and suffering as well. Unfortunately, North Carolina's workers' compensation system does not cover pain and suffering claims.
We know this seems unfair. Workers' compensation can cover the cost of your medical bills and compensate you for lost wages, but pain and suffering does not fall under workers' comp's purview. This can leave victims of on-the-job injury inadequately compensated – and can be a source of frustration for men and women recovering from accidents they did not cause.
Not causing your workplace accident is an essential component of seeking a settlement beyond workers’ compensation. If it can be established that your injury was caused by a third party, you might be able to pursue a personal injury claim through the traditional court system. When you go this route, pain and suffering can be included in the damages you are seeking.
Is your case a personal injury claim? Maybe. The only way to know for sure is to discuss your injury with our attorneys. During your free initial consultation, we will assess your claim and give you a clear sense of your options under North Carolina law.
If you live in North Carolina and have a question about workers' comp vs. personal injury claims, please contact White & Stradley, PLLC to schedule your free consultation. Case evaluations can also be scheduled by calling our Raleigh office at 919-844-0400.