Getting hurt at work means a great many things. Sometimes you are able to quickly get the issue resolved and be back within a few hours. Other times, you are not quite so lucky. Being hurt on the job can have severe, life altering effects. Unfortunately, sometimes this means that you will have some form of disability, either temporary or permanent. When disabilities occur due to a work related injury, the law has specific guidelines regarding what you are entitled to. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect if you have been disabled due to an injury you have sustained at work.
Temporary total disability is what is paid out to you if you cannot return to work for an extended period of time. Before you are able to receive temporary total disability, there is a seven day waiting period that must be observed in which you cannot work. While these days do not have to be consecutive, it should be noted that any amount of a day that is missed counts towards this seven day time frame. You will not receive compensation for these first seven days unless your disability lasts for at least twenty one days. If this occurs, then you will be paid for the first week as well.
The compensation for this disability in the state of North Carolina is two thirds of the employee’s average weekly salary. Unless stated otherwise, this will be paid out in weekly increments and will continue until the injured person is able to return to work without restrictions or until the employer is able to prove that the employee is no longer disabled. This can continue for up to 500 weeks with the possibility of extension under certain circumstances.
Temporary partial disability is also a possibility in a worker’s compensation case. This occurs when someone returns to work, but at reduced pay. There is also a seven day waiting period for this, and it may continue for up to 500 weeks. Any payment made will be two thirds of the difference between the current weekly salary and the salary earned prior to the incident.
These are not the only possible categories your worker’s compensation claim may fall under. Soon, we will cover total disability for your benefit. Call Collier today with any questions regarding your worker’s compensation claim.