North Carolina Workers’ Compensation law spells out the maximum levels of compensation you are entitled to receive after suffering a work-related injury. There are different types of benefits which may be awarded based on the specifics of your case. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced North Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyer who can ensure that you receive the maximum possible benefits.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
If you are unable to work for more than seven days as a result of your work-related injury, you are entitled to receive weekly benefits totaling 2/3 of your average weekly wages at the time of your injury or occupational disease. These benefits will continue as long as your doctor indicates you are unable to work due to your injury.
If you are unable to work for more than 21 days, you will receive retroactive compensation for the first seven days of your disability. These 21 days do not have to be consecutive; however, they must all be related to your work-related injury.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
If after your injury you are unable to work a job that pays you as much money as you earned prior to the accident, you may receive weekly benefits totaling 2/3 of the difference between your average weekly wages before the injury and your average weekly wages after the injury. You may receive TPD benefits for 500 weeks following the date of your work-related injury or occupational disease. Any weeks where you are receiving TPD benefits will be deducted from your $500 week maximum.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
If you have been permanently disabled due to your work-related injury and unable to work ever again, you may receive weekly benefits totaling 2/3 of your average weekly wages at the time of your injury or occupational disease for the rest of your life.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
If you have suffered the permanent impairment of a body part, you are entitled to receive a weekly disability payment based on the percentage of permanent impairment to that body part. The percentage of permanent impairment will be determined by your doctor. Your PPD benefit is determined by multiplying the percentage of impairment by the number of weeks of compensation allowed for that body part under North Carolina law.
PPD benefits may overlap with your TPD benefits. However, you may not receive both of these benefits at the same time. Instead, you must choose between the two. Body parts eligible for PPD benefits include:
White & Stradley, PLLC Can Help
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyers at White & Stradley, PLLC have been helping people injured on the job receive the benefits they deserve for more than two decades. If you have suffered a work-related injury, our lawyers will personally walk you through the entire process, explaining all of the Workers’ Compensation benefits to which you may be entitled. We have the experience to help you receive the maximum benefits for your injury.
Please contact our North Carolina Workers' Compensation lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation. White & Stradley, PLLC serves clients in and around Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, Winston Salem, Durham, Asheville, Greensboro, Wilmington, and all areas in North Carolina.