One of the most frequent questions that we get about workers compensation has to do with what is and what is not covered. While these questions are often difficult to answer due to the case by case basis that we often see with workers compensation, there are a few things that don't change. As with any set of laws, there are certain aspects that are heavily established. in North Carolina state law mandates that ensures certain things are covered. These are the things that we will be going over so that you have a brief overview just in case you ever need it.
When it comes to workers compensation, you are not immediately compensated for the first week that you find yourself unable to work. You begin to get the compensation payments in the second week of your injury related absence, however if you are out for a full month then you do also get reimbursed for the first week that your injury caused you to miss. However, this compensation is not your full wage. It is only 66 2/3% of your weekly wage that you can claim through workers compensation with a maximum per week that cannot be exceeded. This changes yearly, however for 2021 that number is $1,102.00. This means that the absolute maximum that you can collect per month just in lost wages is $4,408. This isn’t everything that you are entitled to, however.
With workers compensation, you may also be reimbursed partly for some travel expenses. This means you should always keep a record of how far you travel for medical visits and when. These amounts will depend on the year that the travel occurred in. This is in addition to the compensation you are entitled to regarding the actual medical treatment that you receive connected to your work-related injury.
When it comes to workers compensation, there are a lot of things that can be up for debate. Compensation will be different for every person because no two cases are the same. This is why having an attorney on your side is so incredibly important. Give Collier Law a call as soon as a work-related injury occurs to file a workers compensation claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. This will make sure that you get the help that you deserve. We promise that we will fight until you get the compensation you are owed!