The world of workers compensation is often confusing and strange, even to those of us who work with it every day. It is very common for people to only pay attention to things as they happen to impact them. Workers compensation doesn't normally seem to fall under this umbrella. As a result of this, however, you may not know exactly what workers compensation benefits you should be getting if you have been hurt on the job. This is one of the reasons why we suggest you hire an attorney, but you can always get a small preview of some of these benefits right here. We would like you to remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and speaking with a licensed attorney is always going to be your best option.
One of the most common questions that we hear is “Why don’t I have money yet?” While there may be multiple reasons for this depending on your specific situation, one thing that should be mentioned is that wage replacement does not occur for the first seven days that you miss work due to your injury. If you miss more than twenty one days, you will be compensated for those first seven as well. However your wage replacement will not immediately begin, either. It also may come on a different schedule than you are used to, depending on your normal pay periods. Normally these payments are made weekly, but it is always best to check with an attorney to be sure.
Your lost wage compensation will equal 66 2/3% of your average weekly pay. As of 2021, that number is set at a maximum of $1,102 regardless of how much you make. This is adjusted annually and may change in the future, so always be sure to double check your numbers with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The weekly long-term benefits will continue until you are allowed to return to your normal work or until an agreement or settlement is reached between all parties involved, including yourself.
Workers compensation benefits are difficult to navigate, but we are here to help you. No one should be left alone to figure their way across the confusing landscape of workers compensation alone. If you have been hurt and want to file a claim, call Collier Law Firm today for your free consultation and see just what benefits you may be awarded. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you get!