Workers' Compensation

Fortunately, the State of North Carolina's workers' compensation program is based on the premise that employees should be able to receive full medical treatment for injuries sustained at work.  Nearly all employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, and if you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to coverage for your medical expenses.

R. James Lore Law is regularly involved in helping injured workers with their rights after workplace accidents that result in serious injuries and surgeries, including:

  • back and neck injuries
  • broken bones
  • head injuries
  • occupational diseases.

We have litigated hundreds of workers' compensation cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission as well as numerous cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

We understand that workplace accidents can be costly to treat, and that can be a problem for workers who require time off to recover from their injuries.  If you are in this situation, there are various types of assistance that may be available to you.  We can help you understand your rights and obligations when filing for compensation.

First Step: Report the Claim

Often workers' compensation claims become complicated simply because of poor reporting of the injury.  If you have been injured at work, be sure to report your on-the-job injury immediately to the North Carolina Industrial Commission and to the correct person within your company.  Do not rely on your company to report your injury to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.  You must complete Form 18 yourself.  If you have any questions about completing the form, please contact us.

Industrial Accidents and Occupational Disease

At R. James Lore Law, we specialize in the areas of Industrial Accidents and Occupational Disease within the workers' compensation field.  Workplace injuries can happen at any place of employment, but at industrial work sites, such as manufacturing plants, construction sites and factories, industrial accident injuries can be tragic.  These include catastrophic events, such as:

  • automobile accidents
  • electrocution
  • explosions
  • falls
  • faulty machinery
  • fires
  • injuries from assaults while engaged in work-related travel.

These and other events can result in severe injury.  We know about the range of causes of such events and understand how industrial cases work.  We can help you navigate the workers' compensation benefits and industrial accident litigation, providing thorough investigation to ensure maximum recovery.

An occupational disease, or any chronic ailment that occurs as a result of work or occupational activity, can lead to long-term or permanent disability.  These include:

  • arthritis
  • chondromalacia
  • formalin exposure
  • hepatitis
  • illnesses involving the lungs
    • asbestosis, black lung disease, brown lung disease
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • shoulder impingement syndrome
  • skin diseases and disfigurements
  • tendinitis.

These ailments can be debilitating.  If you find yourself unable to work because of complications you think are due to such conditions or exposure, you may have a claim for occupational disease benefits.  Such cases, however, can be complicated, and are almost always denied by employers and their insurance carriers.  We can help you navigate such cases and pursue your rightful benefits.

To learn more about Workers' Compensation, read our Frequently Asked Questions.