If you have been injured on the job or have discovered that you have a work-related illness, you may be wondering if are entitled to Workers' Compensation benefits.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is, "Am I an employee?" Simply having a job or working for someone does not always make you an employee. Independent contractors are not employees, and obviously if you work "under the table" then you are not an employee.
Most employees, including government employees, are covered by workers' compensation laws. There are a few, rare exceptions. The experienced Workers' Compensation attorneys at White and Stradley can help you determine if you are covered or fall under one of these exceptions.
An employee's dependents may be entitled to benefits in the case of a death caused by a work-related injury or illness. If you are the spouse or dependent child of someone who has died in an accident at work or from an illness such as mesothelioma, you may be able to collect workers' compensation death benefits.
Workers are covered when they are traveling on business. This does not include your normal commute, but it does include business trips, traveling to meetings, deliveries, and other travel required by your employer. When you are out of town on business you may even be covered during non-work activities, such as accidents that occur in your hotel room or during leisure activities.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed on the job, in North Carolina, please contact the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at White and Stradley to find out if you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits.