A common mistaken belief is that the severity of your injury is the sole determining factor in how much your workers’ compensation claim may be worth monetarily. While more serious injuries are typically valued higher than less serious injuries, a significant factor in case value is how much you earn in wages in the job in which you were injured.
Workers’ Compensation claims can be very overwhelming. See these commonly asked True/False questions below, and call our office for more details on your potential case.
You must pay taxes on your workers’ compensation benefits.
FALSE. Workers’ Compensation benefits are not taxed.
Insurance coverage on your vehicle with all of the confusing terms can be very tricky to understand. When choosing insurance coverage in their vehicle, most people in NC just select what is required, called “minimum policy limits.” It is typically the cheapest route and often what an agent will recommend.
Were you in a car wreck or trucking accident and trying to figure out why your medical bills are piling up and not getting paid? After all, you were not at fault in this accident! Personal Injury claims in North Carolina can leave you feeling like you got the short end of the stick at times, and unfortunately, that feeling could extend to the settlement of your claim as well based on some applicable NC laws.
Taking to the highways instead of only using city streets can be one of the most time efficient ways of getting to your end destination. The only drawback, as we have all experienced, is that the highways have become the primary domain of commercial trucks! They are everywhere -- from 18-wheelers to service pickup trucks -- the highways are littered with them.
(1) Will the driver who hit me pay for a rental car?
In North Carolina, the driver who is at fault is required to provide you with a rental car through their insurance. If this driver has car insurance, it is their insurance company that will fund and provide you with the rental car.
In North Carolina, drivers are required to carry a minimum of $30,000 in bodily injury coverage as a part of their liability car insurance. This bodily injury liability insurance covers the other person’s injuries in the case that you cause a damaging car accident, in addition to covering legal expenses in the case that you are sued after a crash.
According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury.
Number 1: Will I be fired?
In North Carolina, you cannot legally be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This is due to North Carolina’s Retaliatory Discharge Act (REDA), which protects employees from certain situations such as being fired after a workplace injury.
A key goal of the North Carolina workers’ compensation system is to get injured workers back to work as quickly as possible after they sustain an injury. Thus, you may notice your employer, insurance adjuster, or nurse case manager pushing your doctor to send you back to work as soon as possible.