Occupational Injuries And Diseases


Workers’ compensation is often thought of as protection for employees who are injured in workplace accidents, but North Carolina workers’ compensation law also protects workers who suffer from a chronic injury or illness that is directly related to their work activities. This is known as “occupational injury or disease.” Examples include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive stress injuries resulting from jobs requiring the same motion of the hands or wrists be repeated throughout the workday
  • Hearing loss caused by noise in the workplace
  • Asbestosis, mesothelioma or other lung diseases caused by exposure to asbestos
  • Cancer resulting from exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Organ damage caused by stress or exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Chronic pain in muscles or joints caused by work activity

You may also be able to collect workers’ comp benefits if a work accident or activity aggravates or exacerbates a pre-existing injury even when the original injury was not work-related.

Expediting Your Work Injury Case

Living with chronic pain or an occupational disease while waiting to hear if your claim is approved can be challenging. If your employer’s insurance company has denied you treatment for an occupational injury or disease, I will file an expedited claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission requesting an emergency hearing. This can greatly accelerate the review process.

Occupational diseases include physical and mental illnesses. If the North Carolina Industrial Commission finds that your condition qualifies for disability benefits, you may receive full reimbursement for medical costs and a portion of your salary if you have missed a minimum of seven consecutive days.

You may also be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a chemical manufacturer or other third party in your case. My experience litigating personal injury cases in North Carolina allows me to review your case from every possible angle in order to maximize your compensation.

I Put Clients First

My work as an attorney is completely focused on helping injured individuals recover the compensation they deserve. Larger firms often let cases languish as they juggle heavy caseloads. I emphasize personal attention and clear communication throughout, so you are always aware of what is happening in your case.

Contact me to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. I will review the facts of your case and recommend the best course of action. I represent residents of Dare County and throughout the Outer Banks. Call 252-489-2200.