Raleigh Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
At Roberts & Harris PC, our workers’ compensation attorneys in Raleigh are dedicated to providing over four decades of combined legal experience at both state and federal levels to protect the rights and interests of our fellow North Carolina residents after they have been injured at work.
We oversee workers’ compensation and personal injury claims that allow our clients to pursue benefits and payments to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings, and other damages after suffering a work injury.
Whether your injuries are the result of a workplace accident or the negligence of a third party, you can rely on us to fight to obtain the best possible result by accepting calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week because we know that work accidents do not only occur during our law firm’s business hours, and we want to be where our clients need us, when they need us.
Our Wake County workers’ compensation attorneys are trial tested legal advocates who have collectively served as lead counsel in over one hundred jury trials that allowed our clients to reach the successful outcomes they deserved to improve their futures and overall quality of life.
Contact us now to learn more about how we can put our workers’ compensation knowledge and experience to work for you, starting with a free consultation.
Our Skilled Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys Provide Customized Legal Solutions For All North Carolina Residents In The Following Practice Areas:
- Brain Injury
- Auto Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Business Litigation
- Dog Bites & Attacks
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Qui Tam/Whistleblower
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death
- Products Liability
- Premises Liability
- Sexual Abuse
How Many People Are Getting Hurt at Work in North Carolina and Across the Country?
Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 3.4 workers’ compensation claims were filed for every 100 full-time employees last year, and a total of 5,333 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S over the same period — which is 2% higher than the previous year’s work-related fatalities.
Of those injured, the frequency reported per 10,000 full-time employees included:
- Nursing assistants; approximately 370 incidents
- Heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers; approximately 360 incidents
- Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers: approximately 350 incidents
- Light truck drivers; approximately 340 incidents
- Construction laborers; approximately 250
- Maintenance and repair workers; approximately 210 incidents
- Stockers and order fillers; approximately 150 incidents
- Janitors and cleaners; approximately 120 incidents
- Registered nurses; approximately 105 incidents
- Retail salespersons; approximately 60 incidents
Last year alone, the private sector accounted for 2,814,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, involving a total number of 888,200 days away from work.
In North Carolina, the Bureau of Labor reported over 69,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers, resulting in an incidence rate of 2.3 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers.
If you were hurt at work in North Carolina, contact our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys today to discuss your legal rights and options to pursue benefits from your employer’s insurance coverage.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Work-Related Injuries in North Carolina?
The North Carolina Industrial Commission outlines the causes of work-related injuries throughout the state.
Last year’s statistics reported the main causes of workplace injuries included, on average:
- 28%: Overexertion and Bodily Reaction
- 24%: Falls, Slips & Trips
- 23%: Contact with Objects and Equipment
- 5%: Transportation incidents
- 4%: Violence
The balance of injury causes was listed as “other,” which may be insignificant to the report, but incredibly important to those who were hurt at work. If you or someone you love were injured at work in North Carolina, do not leave your benefits to chance.
Contact our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in Raleigh today to get the help you need to succeed inside and outside the courtroom.
Are All North Carolina Businesses Required to Carry Workers’ Compensation Coverage?
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act states with very few exceptions all businesses with three or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance in the Tarheel State.
North Carolina employees are guaranteed compensation for injuries without having to prove negligence on the part of the employer when they occurred during an accident arising out of and in the course of their employment.
Unfortunately, it is the insurance company not the employer who is responsible for approving workers’ compensation benefits. And like most insurance companies, they will look for any reason to delay, undervalue, or even deny a claim.
Do not risk having to pay for your medical benefits and lost wages out of your own pocket after a work injury occurs.
Contact our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers in Raleigh today to get your case started on the right path, so you can get the care you deserve.
Can I Pursue Workers’ Compensation if I Am An Independent Contractor in North Carolina?
Employers cannot label employees as independent contractors simply to avoid providing workers’ compensation coverage in North Carolina.
Even if an employer refers to its workers as independent contractors and issues a Form 1099 for tax purposes, the Industrial Commission may still find that the workers are employees based upon its analysis of multiple factors, including the degree of control exercised by the employer over the details of the employee’s work.
What is more, if an employer subcontracts work to a company that does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, the initial employer — where the project originated — may be liable for any work-related injuries of the subcontractor’s employees, regardless of the number of employees either company employs.
If you are unsure of who may be responsible for your workplace injuries, contact our skilled workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys in Raleigh today to get the legal answers you need to make informed decisions about the direction of your unique case.
What Type of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Am I Entitled to in North Carolina?
In North Carolina, injured workers are entitled to the following benefits after suffering a work injury:
- All necessary and reasonable medical treatment
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Mileage to and from doctor’s appointments
- Vocational rehabilitation if you cannot return to your usual employment
- Permanent Disability Benefits
- Death benefits if your injury or illness ends in death
How Can Roberts & Harris PC Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Raleigh Help Me Pursue the Best Outcome for My Work Injury Needs?
Patrick Roberts is a demanding former prosecutor who has a relentless approach to negotiating with insurance companies to ensure each of our client’s unique injury needs are prioritized over their corporate interests, or they will be forced to face us inside a courtroom, where our trial skills are proven and battle-tested.
Ranchor Harris has been a civil trial attorney for more than 25 years, 15 of which were spent as an insurance company defense attorney, and nearly another decade that was spent as a workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina, which means we know more than what is happening on the other side — we once were the other side.
Together Roberts & Harris PC provides customized legal strategies for each of our clients and their family’s unique needs. That starts with a personal, results-focused approach to learning more about how our client’s injuries have impacted their day-to-day activities and their long-term quality of life, so we can tell their story — and ensure their voices are heard — while pursuing the financial outcome they deserve to make a complete recovery.
Contact Our Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Raleigh, North Carolina for a Free Consultation Today
At Roberts & Harris PC, our Raleigh workers’ compensation attorneys provide each of our clients with a customized legal strategy to pursue tangible results for their cases.
We are aggressive, skilled, and trial-tested workers’ comp lawyers who create solutions, so our clients can confidently get their lives back on track knowing we are focused on their recovery.
Contact our experienced workers’ compensation lawyers in North Carolina today by calling (919) 249-5006 or online to learn more about how to pursue results with legal fees starting at just 25%.
If we do not produce a positive outcome for your case, you do not pay our legal fees.