Skip to Content
Wallace Pierce Law Wallace Pierce Law
Call Us Today! 919-887-7892
Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Durham Workers' Compensation Attorneys 

Expert Representation for Workplace Injury Claims in North Carolina 

Navigating the legal landscape of workplace injuries can be a daunting task. At Wallace Pierce Law, we specialize in providing expert legal assistance to those grappling with the complexities of workers' compensation claims in Durham. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve after a workplace incident.

Call Wallace Pierce Law today at (919) 887-7892 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our workers' compensation attorney in Durham!

What is Workers' Compensation? 

Workers' compensation is a vital safety net meticulously crafted to safeguard the interests of employees grappling with injuries or illnesses. Functioning as a no-fault insurance system, it extends crucial financial benefits and medical care to those injured on the job. This integral framework is strategically designed to facilitate a swift and equitable resolution for employees and employers, steering clear the need for prolonged and expensive litigation processes.

The workers' compensation system in North Carolina is intricately structured to encompass a broad spectrum of injuries. From unforeseen accidents to the gradual onset of occupational diseases, this system is tailored to address diverse scenarios that may unfold over time. Grasping the subtleties of this system becomes paramount when navigating the aftermath of a workplace incident, ensuring that individuals are well-equipped to understand and assert their rights in the face of adversity.

Coverage Areas of Workers' Compensation

Workers' compensation benefits encompass a range of financial and medical support for employees who have suffered work-related injuries or illnesses. The coverage includes:

  • Medical Expenses: Workers' compensation covers essential medical treatments associated with workplace injuries or illnesses. This includes but is not limited to doctor visits, surgeries, prescription medications, rehabilitation, and any other incurred medical expenses vital to your recovery.
  • Lost Wages: Workers' compensation can provide wage replacement benefits if your injury prevents you from working. These benefits typically amount to a percentage of your average weekly wages, helping to alleviate the financial strain during your recovery period.
  • Permanent Disability Benefits: In cases where an injury results in a permanent impairment, workers may be entitled to permanent disability benefits. The severity of the impairment and its impact on your ability to work will influence the compensation you receive.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Workers' compensation may cover vocational rehabilitation services to help injured employees re-enter the workforce. This can include job retraining, career counseling, and assistance in finding suitable employment.
  • Death Benefits: In tragic cases where a workplace injury results in death, workers' compensation provides death benefits to the surviving dependents. These benefits help ease the financial burden on the family left behind.

Understanding the full extent of the benefits available under workers' compensation is crucial for ensuring that you receive fair compensation for a workplace injury's physical, emotional, and financial toll.

Criteria for Workers' Compensation Eligibility

There are three questions to consider when determining whether you qualify for workers’ compensation:

  • Were you injured on the job? A lack of protective gear, proper training, unsafe working conditions, etc, may cause these injuries. However, most workers’ compensation insurance plans do not cover intentional injuries or the result of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the workplace.
  • Has it been less than two years since the injury? In North Carolina, workers’ compensation claims typically must be filed within two years from the date of the injury.
  • Have these injuries caused you to miss work, and if so, were you written out by a doctor? If a doctor writes you out and cannot work during a certain window, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages.

If a family member was fatally injured, your family may be entitled to compensation.

Statute of Limitations for Workers' Compensation Claims in NC

In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for filing a workers' compensation claim is a critical aspect to consider. The statute of limitations sets a deadline for initiating legal action, which can jeopardize your ability to receive compensation. In North Carolina, injured workers generally have two years from the date of the injury to file a workers' compensation claim.

However, there are exceptions to this rule, particularly in cases where the injury develops gradually over time, such as occupational diseases. In these instances, the two-year clock starts ticking from when the employee discovers the connection between the illness and their workplace conditions.

Steps to Take After a Workplace Injury

To improve the likelihood of workers’ compensation covering your injury, there are specific steps you should take.

When you are injured at work, follow these procedures:

  • Notify and report your injuries to your supervisor. Employees should give a written report of the accident and injury to their employer as soon as possible but no longer than 30 days after the date of injury. This can be done by filling out an NC Industrial Commission Form 18.
  • Seek reasonable and necessary medical attention. If you are injured and need to see a doctor, your employer often has the right to determine where you go. However, if you are dissatisfied with the treatment you receive, you may also have the right to get a second opinion.
  • Ensure you have a doctor's note if you cannot return to work due to your injuries. You must have documentation from your physician that shows you cannot work due to your work-related injuries.
  • Speak to a North Carolina workers’ compensation attorney. After being injured at work, it is important to consider that your employer – more importantly, your employer’s insurance company – may not keep your best interests in mind, especially if they are responsible for paying your medical bills. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

Contact Our Durham Workers' Compensation Attorney Today   

While the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act is here to protect individuals injured on the job, the process can be quite difficult, and several common mistakes often derail a claim.

The attorneys at Wallace Pierce Law are here to assist in navigating the entire process for you or a loved one’s workers’ compensation claim. If you or someone you love has suffered a workplace injury, please contact our office directly, as we are here to help.

Contact Wallace Pierce Law today to meet with our workers' compensation lawyer in Durham! 

    “I want to brag about my experience!”
    “When my 4-year old son and I were involved in a terrible head-on collision, I wasn't sure where to turn. Wallace Pierce has been great showing me the way!”
    - Mary P.
    “Richard Dingus is a great attorney!”
    “Richard Dingus is a great attorney! And I think the best, serving in the state of North Carolina. I would recommend him for injury and bodily claim any day.”
    - Isaac B.
    “Thank you again for all you did for my family”
    “They were concerned not only about getting our vehicle replaced, but more importantly my kid’s full recovery.”
    - Coral M.
    “I was completely shocked at the amount I received”
    “I retained this law firm to fight my case. I was completely shocked at the amount I received once the case was won.”
    - Schjuana S.
    “They went above and beyond for me!”
    “Mr. Pierce gave me practical advice and was very thorough in guiding me through the process. I left with a strong and positive impression of him.”
    - Audria L.
    “Very knowledgeable”
    “Was able to either point me in the right direction or answer any questions I had regarding the accident I was in. Thank you!”
    - Steven L.
    “Great Law Firm!”
    “Great Law Firm, Friendly Staff, Amazing Service. Willing to help you every step of the way.”
    - Caleb M.
    “Thanking all of the Attorneys and Staff.”
    “I could not recommend anyone any higher than I recommend Wallace Pierce Law, they get the job done and they do it quicker and better and keep you informed along the way.”
    - Debby L.

featured cases

  • $1,900,000 Wrongful Death

    The at-fault driver failed to reduce speed and collided with our client's vehicle. Our client passed away shortly after the collision.

  • $900,000 Wrongful Death

    Our client was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced deceased on the scene.

  • $122,000 Car Accident

    Vehicle made a left-hand turn, failing to yield the right of way.

  • $104,000 Serious Injuries

    Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was driving through an intersection when another vehicle ran a stop sign and t-boned the vehicle our client was in.

  • $104,000 Severe Injury

    We were able to not only receive policy limits for our client but were able to negotiate her medical bills and liens to ensure that she was able to keep a good portion of the settlement.

  • $102,000 Serious Injuries

    Elderly client was a passenger in a vehicle that was t-boned in an intersection where a driver failed to yield the right of way.