One of the hallmarks of what we take for granted today, as a modern society is how we treat workers who have been injured during the course of their employment. It used to be that if you were injured on the job you could look forward to only a few certainties: that you would lose your job, and that there was no system in place to help you either avoid unemployment and poverty or to help you recover and get back into the workforce.
Both societal compassion and economic common sense now require that a safety net is in place for workers who have been injured on the job through no fault of their own. There are, in fact, multiple safety nets available: workers compensation insurance, Social Security disability benefits, and survivor benefits under both of these systems for family members of workers whose injuries caused their deaths.
Experience has shown, however, that just because a benefit or source of relief is legally available does not mean that it will flow to you automatically when you are qualified for it. There can be multiple reasons for this, from lack of awareness on the part of the injured worker, to negligence on the part of the employer, to a prioritization of profit over people on the part of an insurer.
Regardless of the cause, you may find yourself in need of assistance to either initiate a benefits claim or to overcome resistance to or even denial of it. In such an event, the challenge before you is that the benefit systems for workplace injuries are creatures of the law, and like most legal creations they can be complicated to understand and apply.
At the law firm of Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler in North Carolina, we understand that not everyone has the inclination or the time to become an expert in matters such as workers compensation or Social Security law.
Our purpose is to win for you the compensation you deserve so that you can concentrate on what matters most to you: recovering from an injury, and if it is possible, getting back to work. Our law firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if we cannot help you to obtain benefits there is no fee. Contact us by telephone or online to set up a free initial consultation.