Posts By: Justin Wraight

Is My Case Worth a Million Bucks?

 

Is My Case Worth a Million Bucks?

Dealing with a work injury and workers’ compensation can be a long, painful process. It would be a lot less painful if there was $1,000,000 waiting for you at the end of it, right? In reality, a million-dollar settlement might not be as wonderful as you’re imagining. Because workman’s compensation doesn’t account for pain and suffering, there are certain factors that come into play for awards to come even close to seven digits.

 

  1. The worker who is recovering must have had a high compensation rate. Workers that make above $70,000 will be entitled to the highest compensation rate allowed by the Industrial Commission. They will also have to be awarded close to the allotted 500 weeks of work to make it significant.
  2. There must be near-catastrophic medicals projected. Basically, the medications and procedures prescribed will need to be expensive and ongoing. The need for continued care will both bring up the cost of medical expenses and prevent the worker from returning to any kind of work.
  3. The injury requires a form of attendant care. If this happens, the workers’ compensation carriers are required to pay skilled nurses or family members to help care for the injured worker if they need attention at home. This is generally very expensive and will account for a huge chunk of that $1,000,000.

 

While it might seem like getting a $1,000,000 settlement would be great, the reality is that most of that money will be going towards medical expenses, not your pocket. However, if your case is worth $1,000,000, we absolutely want to make sure that you’re getting the money that’s owed to you. In fact, we have a great deal of experience working these kinds of cases. No matter the extent of your injuries, you deserve fair compensation.

 

A lot of the money earned in a workers’ comp case goes towards medical expenses, which is why it’s important that you’re receiving fair compensation. If you’ve been injured at work, contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation.

Workplace Deaths in 2016

 

Workplace Deaths in 2016

Every year, North Carolina keeps track of how many workplace deaths occur. The hope is to look at what went wrong and try to prevent future deaths from occurring. Of the 48 statewide workplace deaths that happened in 2016, two of them occurred in Forsyth County.

 

One was a roofer who fell from a roof. The other was an operator at a construction site whose equipment had overturned.

 

Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry says it’s awful to hear about falls, struck-bys and other kinds of accidents that can often be prevented with proper safety training and personal protective equipment.

 

It’s important to make sure you’re always following proper safety guidelines while at work. Statistics show that construction is the most dangerous type of work; manufacturing came in second. Simple things such as wearing a hardhat and other protective gear can go a long way in ensuring your safety.

 

Should the worst happen and you or a loved one suffer from a fatal workplace accident, know that you or your dependents are entitled to workers’ compensation. Dependents may be entitled to 500 weeks of pay at ⅔ of the deceased employee’s weekly pay.

 

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult no matter the circumstances, but dealing with a workers’ compensation case on top of everything else can make an already awful situation exponentially worse. If you find yourself in this situation, be sure to contact an attorney at Oxner + Permar. We can help guide you through this process and take some of the stress out of a very difficult time.

 

If you have any questions about a wrongful death case or need guidance on how to proceed, be sure to contact an experienced attorney at Oxner + Permar for a free consultation.

 

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