A recent report by ProPublica has exposed howreforms to the workers’ compensation insurance systems have affected the lives and health of injured workers across the nation. The trend has been to slash benefits paid, as well as to shift the costs to taxpayers.
The federal government once closely monitored the state-run systems, but no longer. For the past decade, state legislators have been virtually free from federal oversight. Many seriously injured workers are now forced to live in poverty, unable to get critical medical treatment, pay for prosthetic devices, and living with medical decisions regarding treatment that have been made by physicians who never see the patient in person.
There is some encouragement in the fact that the North Carolina system pays benefits higher than the national average for many workplace injuries, including those in which an employee loses a finger, toe, hand or arm.
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Job-Related Injuries: North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Arm Amputation Benefits
The loss of an arm is a devastating injury, and life-changing. The amount paid to a worker for the loss of an arm varies widely in value from state-to-state, ranging from $859,634 in Nevada to a mere $48,840 in Alabama. North Carolina pays out far more than many states, and a worker who loses an arm in an accident will be paid $220,880, ranking 15thin the amount paid among the states.
Workers’ comp payouts for a leg amputation ranges from $457,418 paid to workers in Nevada to the lowest, once again in Alabama, at a shocking $44,000. North Carolina currently pays out $184,000 for this injury.
The loss of a hand is seriously disabling. Nevada pays out the highest of the states, at $738,967. If you lost a hand in Alabama, all you could expect is a mere $37,400. North Carolina currently pays $184,000 for this injury, ranking 14th among the states.
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Benefits for Lost Wages
The maximum benefits that can be paid to an injured worker in North Carolina currently stands at 66 2/3% of the average weekly wage, at a maximum of $884.00. Workers who have been left with permanent disability after a workplace injury must be fairly compensated. Any employee who has suffered a serious injury should seek out a North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer immediately.
North Carolina Attorney
The system in the state is difficult to navigate, and the outcome of a claim can vary, based upon how the case is presented. Connect with the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor for experienced workers’ comp lawyers.