Category: Workers’ Compensation

NC Partial Disability Benefits: Could You Be Leaving Money On The Table?

NC Partial Disability Benefits: Could You Be Leaving Money On The Table?

Without an excellent attorney by your side, you could be leaving valuable benefits on the table when it comes to your partial disability claim. It happens more than you may realize.

An employee is injured at work. A claim is accepted. Medical treatment is provided—and work restrictions are honored. Eventually, he or she reaches maximum medical improvement and heads back to work.

What most people don’t realize is that they may be eligible for scheduled benefits under N.C. Gen. Stat §97-31—a partial impairment rating that determines employees who are not fully healed may receive additional benefits. Weeding through all of the particulars to determine if you are eligible for partial disability benefits can be very tricky. Consult an experienced attorney who can direct you. Oxner & Permar knows exactly how to help you and will ensure that you receive all of the benefits you are due.

If you are cleared for work, but not yet fully recovered, you may be eligible for partial disability payments. Contact Oxner + Permar for expert consultation to determine if you are due more benefits than you’ve received.

On-The-Job Injuries Are Prevalent for Healthcare Professionals. Workers’ Comp Can Help.

Workers' Compensation

On-The-Job Injuries Are Prevalent for Healthcare Professionals. Workers’ Comp Can Help.

Portrait Of Female Nurse With Patient In BackgroundIf you work in the healthcare industry, then you know the amount of physical labor involved is much higher than the average person might think. Especially when it comes to working with patients. In order to provide the greatest amount of care, you know it’s often necessary to be hands-on. Lifting or supporting patients can take a toll on your body, putting you at risk for injury. One of the most common injuries associated with this kind of strain is back injury.

Often times, healthcare professionals can be very focused on helping other people, and forget to look after themselves. Whether you’re a nurse, technician, or assistant, if you’ve been hurt on the job, don’t forget to file for workman’s compensation. It’s important that you’re seeking proper medical treatment and taking time to recover so that you can get back to work as quickly as possible.

We’ve worked with many clients who were injured while working in healthcare, so we have the experience to answer questions about filing for worker’s compensation as an employee of a hospital or medical facility. We know what your rights are, and we’re passionate about making sure that those who devote themselves to caring for others are being taken care of themselves.

Back injuries sustained while working as a healthcare professional are often covered under workers’ comp. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney.  

Workers’ Comp Tip of the Day: Being Placed on Light Work Duty After an Injury at Work

Workers’ Comp Tip of the Day: Being Placed on Light Work Duty After an Injury at Work

Helpful tips note paper pinned on cork bulletin board.You’ve been injured on the job, you’re out of work, and now you’re beginning to worry about your next paycheck. Did you know that when an employee becomes injured on the job, the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) encourages employers to offer a light-duty position?

Has your employer offered a light-duty position to help accommodate the fact that you’ve been hurt at work? As with every step of the workers’ comp process, make sure you handle this offer appropriately. As the injured worker, know that you are usually required to accept the light-duty position. If you don’t, you could put your workman’s comp benefits at risk.

It’s not always a cut and dry situation, though. What if your employer is unable to accommodate the restrictions placed on you because of your injury?

If you find yourself out of work—without the option of light duty employment—here is what you need to know:

  • If your workers’ comp claim is accepted and benefits are being paid, chances are strong that you will continue to receive your benefits with light-duty employment.
  • If you claim is d
    enied or benefits are not being paid, you may be faced with finding other employment—even though you are still technically employed by your current employer.
  • To help bolster your disability claim, conduct a reasonable job search for positions that fall within your restrictions.
  • Contact a workers’ comp attorney to help navigate you through this process and to ensure your future right to compensation is not hindered.

As always, the knowledgeable team at Oxner + Permar are here to support you through any and all phases of the workers’ compensation process. Don’t hesitate to call for guidance. We will place you with a workers’ comp expert who knows exactly how to fight for you and make wrongs, right.

Medical Miles: Can I Get Reimbursed For Travel Mileage When I Visit My Doctor?

Medical Miles: Can I Get Reimbursed For Travel Mileage When I Visit My Doctor?

When you are hurt at work, workers’ compensation plans put the employer in charge of a lot of decisions. Because their plan is footing On the road.most or all of the bill, your employer directs your care. This may mean that you, as the injured worker, will be required to travel farther than you normally would to seek medical treatment. If you need to see a  specialist, it may be that he or she is not in your hometown, which also means traveling a distance.

What many people don’t realize is that medical miles can be reimbursed. As you travel to and from the doctor, be sure to log your miles so that you can receive payment for your expenses. Note that this only applies if the round-trip distance is more than ten miles from your home.

How is reimbursement calculated? The 2016 per mile rate is $0.54. Take your mileage and multiple it by that figure to see what you are owed. The rate changes every year, however, so be sure to take note of the new rate when logging 2017 miles.

If you use public transportation, rest assured your expenses are covered as well. Just keep track of the actual costs of your fare.

Finally, in some instances, it may be necessary to incur costs for overnight lodging and meals. These, too, are reimbursed within reason.

If you have additional questions about reimbursement for medical travel expenses, reach out to an attorney so that you have the support you need and the care you deserve. At Oxner + Permar, we care a great deal about our clients, and we’re always here to help.

When your employer’s workman’s comp plan states that you must travel outside of your town to visit a physician or specialist, be sure you take the necessary steps to cover your travel costs.

My Employer And The insurance Company Put Me Through The Ringer. Do I Get Money For Pain And Suffering?

Workers' Compensation

My Employer And The insurance Company Put Me Through The Ringer. Do I Get Money For Pain And Suffering?

I hear this question all of the time, and I understand my clients’ frustrations. When you’re injured on the job, it doesn’t take long for concerns to mount. You’re in pain. Out of work. You need treatment. And to top it all off, you feel like no one is on your side. When your employer and the insurance company aren’t cooperating and supporting you to the fullest extent of the law, it’s like putting salt on your already painful wound.

Angry young man, blowing steam coming out of ears, about to have nervous atomic breakdown. Negative human emotions, facial expressions, feelings, attitudeIf this sounds like your situation, you might be wondering if you can secure payments to cover your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, workers do not get payment for pain and suffering under the workers’ compensation laws. The purpose behind the Workers’ Comp Act was to make sure that injured workers received prompt medical treatment and benefits without having to wait until the end of their case. In order to make this happen there had to be a trade off, and the trade off limits what the employee can get from the employer by allowing the employee to be compensated for medical benefits and wage loss—only.

While you won’t be able to get money for pain and suffering, keep in mind that workers’ compensation is set up the way it is because of its ultimate goal: to make sure employees get the medical compensation and payment of wage loss much more quickly than in years’ past, and in time to make a real difference.