State employees in North Carolina are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including medical care and disability benefits for workplace injuries and work-related illness. The purpose of the program is to ensure that all eligible state workers receive proper medical care for workplace injuries. Unfortunately, many state employees with work-related injuries and valid workers’ compensation are initially denied benefits and need assistance obtaining benefits.
If you are a state employee who has been denied workers’ comp benefits, you can certainly challenge the decision and seek to have it overturned. There are a series of administrative steps to pursue an appeal if you have received a letter informing you your application for workers’ compensation benefits has been turned down. An injured state employee may request a hearing on any issue related to workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina by filing a request with N.C. Industrial Commission.
If the Industrial Commission denies the claim, you can file a lawsuit asking N.C. Court of Appeals to review the Industrial Commission’s decision. The appeals process is complicated, with numerous filing deadlines. It is helpful to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer guide you through the process.
Our attorneys at Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., have many years of experience helping injured North Carolina state employees with workers’ compensation claims. Attorneys Robert C. “Chip” Younce Jr. and David E. Vtipil are board-certified specialists in North Carolina worker compensation law. Board certification by the North Carolina State Bar signifies that an attorney has received additional legal education and passed a special examination on a specific area of law.
Only a small portion of attorneys in North Carolina have board certification. At Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A., we apply our experience and knowledge to help injured workers pursue the full workers’ comp benefits they are entitled to by law. If we handle your workers’ comp claim, you will not owe a legal fee unless our attorneys obtain benefits for you. Contact us for a free claim review and discussion of your legal options.