If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another person, you probably already know that you can file a lawsuit for damages. You may be able to claim the cost of your medical expenses, your lost wages while you were out of work recovering, and monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. If an injury isn’t your fault, you shouldn’t have to bear the burden. However, the law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. If you wait too long, you may lose your right to sue.
If you're like most people who lose their jobs, you probably feel that your termination was wrongful and unfair. Employment laws in North Carolina, though, allow employers to fire employees for a variety of reasons, and in some cases for no reason at all. To be able to sue for wrongful termination, you'll need to show that your termination violated a specific law or the terms of a contract, not just that it was unfair.
If you’ve been hurt at work, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You don’t have to sue your employer to get payment for your medical bills and other expenses. In most cases, your employer will have workers’ compensation insurance to cover the expense of work-related injuries. You don’t need to worry about your job, either. The law protects you from retaliation by your employer and ensures that Your doctor will give assign your injuries a disability rating . To get your workers’ compensation benefits, you simply need to file a claim.
You were injured at work. You went through all the medical treatments you need, but you will never fully recover. How will you be compensated for your permanent injuries? The answer depends on your disability rating, also called an "injury rating."
When do I get a disability rating?
Workers’ compensation laws ensure that you get the medical care you need, plus How much will I get. If you’re permanently disabled in some way, you’re also entitled to the future wages you’re losing as a result of the permanent damage. You may experience either Permanent Partial Disability (PPD), in which case you can work but your capacity is diminished, or Permanent Total Disability (PTD), in which case you cannot work at all. Any permanent disability merits a settlement from your employer as compensation for the permanent damage. Your disability rating determines the amount of that compensation.