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Injury & Disability
Our personal injury attorney Kim Carpenter, assists people suffering from injuries due to accidents, due to the negligence of others, those that happen on the job, and to those with disabilities.
Personal Injury Law is a broad categorization that refers to nearly enumerable ways a person might be injured as the result of the actions or negligence of another. If you have been injured in an accident, whether in a car, on a boat, or on someone’s deck, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Recovery of damages for your injuries must be predicated by proof that a specific person or entity was liable and that your injuries were caused due to negligence.While subject to different rules for recovery, on the job injuries also fall into the category of personal injury law. Workers’ compensation law is meant to ensure workers do not suffer financially during pendency of their medical care and recovery. To receive benefits under North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act, you do not have to prove your employer was responsible or negligent, only that your injury happened while at work. Because your injury occurred at work does not mean that a person or entity does not have liability in a separate civil personal injury action, only that your medical expenses and lost wages, for the most part, will be covered or reimbursed.
Personal injury lawyers have extensive experience in acquiring fair compensation for victims in personal Injury lawsuits. We utilize aggressive negotiation and tools like mediation to settle your case without the necessity of trial. For those matters that cannot reach conclusion through negotiation without court determination, Attorney Kim Carpenter is experienced and successful in trial representation. Call Carpenter & Guy to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injury. Your consultation is free. Our fees are contingent on recovering damages on your behalf.
Car, Motorcycle & Trucking Accidents
NC Workers' Compensation
Throughout the country, there are a specific set of rules that govern how claims made by people injured on the job are handled. Workers’ Compensation laws are intrinsically different from laws governing other types of personal injury. Many times work related injuries intersect with negligence of third parties, as do the rules under which these different types of claims fall. It is important for injured workers to seek the guidance of a Workers Compensation attorney who is experienced in all types of injury claims.
Workers’ compensation is a legal system established to manage medical and disability benefits available to people injured on the job, whether by accident or as a result of disease related to their occupation. In our state, on the job injuries are governed by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act through the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The Act’s stated purpose is to provide “swift and certain” remedy to injured workers. This differs from other types of injury compensation claims in that workers do not have to prove that their employer was at fault in any way, only that their injury occurred during the course and scope of their employment.
There are several types of workers’ compensation benefits falling into two categories: medical compensation and disability. Medical compensation covers an injured worker for necessary medical costs, including hospitalization, surgery, doctor visits and medications, as well as mileage reimbursement for travel incurred in acquiring medical care. Where catastrophic injury is concerned, medical compensation may also include nursing and attendant care.
Disability benefits, on the other hand, are payments made directly to the worker for lost wages or permanent impairment. Disability payments are made at the rate of two-thirds of the worker’s wages prior to injury for the period a person is unable to work. Sometimes, injured workers are able to return to jobs with lower pay scales before they are able to return to full duty. In this event, an injured worker is entitled to temporary total disability payments (TTD), which are equal to two-thirds of the difference between pre-and post injury wages. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are for injured workers suffering permanent injury. These benefits are based on a permanent impairment rating assigned by an injured worker’s treating physician. Total and Permanent Disability is available to workers who cannot return to work, as are death benefits for families of workers who are victim to fatal work-related accidents.
Rules governing recovery under the workers’ compensation law is a complex process. Our workers’ compensation lawyers are seasoned litigators and experienced negotiators. They can help you navigate the process of acquiring benefits, as well as in other personal injury or negligence actions that may evolve from your accident.
We bring years legal experience to clients in Western North Carolina. Attorney Kim Carpenter has been representing workers injured on the job since 1996. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, or have acquired a disease or medical condition secondary to your employment, call Kim for your consultation today.
The term “industrial accident” generally brings to mind catastrophes harmful to the public at large, conjuring images of oil spills and refinery explosions. In legal terms, however, industrial accidents are not necessarily related to large scale events, or even to industries like mining, which are universally considered inherently dangerous. While significant risks exists for people working with volatile chemicals, explosive materials and heavy equipment, industrial accidents – as separate from workers’ compensation claims – can refer any situation in an industrial setting where a third party may have contributed to a worker’s injuries.
Many times, accidents are just that – unforeseen incidents caused by circumstances normal to the work environment. North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides for workers injured in these types of accidents. Industrial injuries caused through negligence, whether by defective or poorly maintained equipment, improper training, or failure to warn of known dangers, require complex legal analysis involving elements of workers’ compensation, negligence and liability law.
Some of the most serious workplace injuries occur in the industrial setting. Traumatic injury to the brain, the spine, and from burns are among the many risks faced by workers in industrial settings. Industrial accidents in factories, at warehouses, and on construction sites can produce catastrophic injuries to workers. When injuries from industrial accidents occur, victim workers need an attorney experienced in catastrophic industrial injury and workers’ compensation law.
Matters like these require the attention of a skilled trial lawyer. Attorney Kim Carpenter had extensive experience representing people injured in industrial accidents.
Call to schedule a consultation regarding your industrial-related injury today. Consultations are free and fees are contingent on the success of your case.
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Sylva, NC 28779
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Serving the counties of Jackson, Buncombe, Haywood, Macon, Swain, Graham, Clay, and the towns of Sylva, Murphy, Waynesville, Franklin, Bryson City, Hayesville, Robbinsville and the Cherokee Qualla Boundary.