Can I get reimbursed for driving to doctors’ appointments?

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In North Carolina, an injured worker may receive reimbursement for mileage expenses if he or she drives more than 20 miles round trip for medical treatment.  Depending on the nature of an injury, medical treatment may include weekly, or even daily, visits to therapists and doctors, so this expense can add up quickly. While the mileage reimbursement is relatively low …

If I’m injured at work, how long do I have to file a claim for workers’ comp?

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Generally the sooner you can file the better. If you file as soon as possible after your injury, you’ll be more likely to prove you are eligible for workers’ compensation and the sooner you will begin receiving benefits.  While state law varies, all states have a time limit within which you must file a worker’s compensation claim.  Most states have …

What happens if I fail to comply with vocational rehab?

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Vocational rehabilitation is a workers’ compensation benefit that includes education and training to prepare you for another job if your injury has left you unable to return to your previous job.  Because employers are required to provide vocational rehabilitation services to workers who suffer compensable on the job injuries, employees are also required to make a good faith effort to …

Can I Post to Social Media During My Workers’ Comp Case?

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Social media posts can be admitted into evidence during trial. A Raleigh legal tech company, Vijilant, helps attorneys scan the internet, find social media posts that may have an impact on any pending litigation and preserve it  for court (even if the user deletes it!)  We say this to warn you that what you post on social media is time-stamped …

What is an Occupational Disease?

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Many think of workers’ compensation cases as a specific injury that occurs on the job, however, sometimes workers get sick due to workplace conditions which is deemed an ‘occupational disease’.  An occupational disease is any chronic ailment that occurs as a result of a person’s work related activities. It is typically required to be shown that it is more prevalent …

Am I Allowed a Second Medical Opinion in My Workers’ Comp Claim?

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The short answer is yes. You are allowed to get a second opinion. To avoid unnecessary costs that may not qualify for reimbursement, you should discuss the timing of obtaining the second opinion with your experienced workers’ compensation attorney. You will also want to ask your employer/insurance carrier prior to scheduling the second  medical evaluation.  In some cases, the Industrial …

Four years after one of the worst industrial accidents ever, what have we learned?

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By Aseem Prakash and Sijeong Lim “On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring 2,500 others, most of them women. Structural problems caused the collapse of the building, which housed a number of factories in Savar, an industrial suburb of the capital, Dhaka. The office building was not designed to hold heavy machinery for …

Will Reimbursement to Injured Workers Using Medicinal Marijuana Ever Really Happen?

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Three medical marijuana bills were introduced in the North Carolina Legislature this year — companion bills HB 185/SB 648 and SB 579 to prevent North Carolina citizens with a medicinal need from arrest and prosecution for using medical marijuana. This however, is a far cry from those who are injured due to workplace accidents actually getting reimbursed for these cannabis remedies.  …

How Do We Use Early Detection to Spot Mental Health Issues in Workers’ Compensation Claims?

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Early Detection of Mental Health Issues in Claims Simple screening processes in the early stages of the claim can save valuable time and prevent hardship in the long run. Early detection of mental health issues in a workers’ compensation claim should occur within 21 days of the date of the injury. This early detection can allow for a targeted intervention …

How Many Workers Die Due to Injury on the Job? OSHA statistics reveal…

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Worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015 [https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm] (3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) — on average, more than 93 a week or more than 13 deaths every day. Construction’s “Fatal Four” Out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction — that is, …