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Get hurt at work? Here are the benefits of workers' compensation

It doesn't matter how your injury happened as long as it happened while you were on the job. Maybe you slipped on spilled coffee while you were in the office break room. Maybe you got hit by a piece of falling debris while you were painting a wall. Maybe you violated safety protocol by not wearing your harness and you fell off a scaffolding.

However it happened, and no matter whose "fault" your job-related accident was, you can likely qualify to receive workers' compensation to pay for your injuries and medical care.

What kind of benefits can you qualify to receive?

Here is a list of the usual benefits workers may be able to receive if they successfully navigate their workers' compensation claim:

-- Medical costs: Get compensation to pay for all of your medical care required to treat your injuries.

-- Wage replacement: Usually this is two-thirds your normal income, which will not be subjected to taxes.

-- Retraining costs: Perhaps your injuries prevent you from returning to your old job and you need to receive training for a new kind of job.

-- Permanent injury compensation: Will your injuries continue to persist and do they continue to require medical care? You can keep receiving benefits to pay for your care for as long as the injuries persist.

-- Survivors' benefits: Did your loved one die because of a workplace accident? You can apply to receive survivors' benefits.

Get your workers' compensation benefits now

Time is of the essence following a workplace injury because time limitations may apply to your workers' compensation claim. Although you may have suffered a serious injury that required immediate medical attention, as soon as you're able, it's time to start taking action on the legal end of things if you want to receive valuable financial benefits to pay for your recovery.

A North Carolina workers' compensation lawyer can help you with this process by evaluating the extent and circumstances of your injuries -- as well as the medical care you require. Your attorney will then assist you in applying for the maximum benefits available to you.

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