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Workers' compensation can help prevent future financial issues

The truth is that some people don’t consider themselves to be litigious or are reluctant to seek the advice of an attorney for something that they technically could do on their own. We aren’t saying that to judge the validity of the opinion in any way, we mention it because this belief may hinder some people from seeking and obtaining the maximum benefits that they are actually entitled to receive.

An example is workers’ compensation benefits. Under North Carolina law, those that suffer a work-related injury are entitled to receive compensation to help cover medical treatment, transportation to and from appointments, lost wages and even retraining costs associated with returning to a job. The truth is that medical bills aren’t always easy to cover. In fact, one in three Americans report having difficulties paying their medical bills, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Did you know that the price tag for even a sprain can add up to anywhere from $4 to $24,110, and insurance doesn’t always cover the entire cost of a treatment. The Patient Advocate Foundation noted that of those that they help, 67 percent are insured. Although more than half of their patients have insurance, 57 percent of those that sought help from the foundation had a case “related to medical debt crises.”

Even a short-term injury can have damaging effects on an individual or family’s financial health. Instead of simply using up PTO and sick leave or taking time off under the Family Medical and Leave Act to deal with an injury, individuals should at least consult with an Asheville workers’ compensation attorney -- and do so quickly, because time is a factor in these claims. These benefits can help prevent financial issues down the road.

Source: Roll Call, “Medical Debt: The New Norm for Patients in America,” Nancy Davenport-Ennis, April 30, 2014

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