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Is My Injury Covered Under North Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act?

Have you been injured at work? Speak with one of the Workers Compensation Attorneys at Prior, Criner & Edwards.

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At The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm, the question of whether workplace injuries are covered under NC law  is one of the most common concerns our clients have, and for good reason. Not all accidents that happen at work can be covered. In summary, workers’ compensation in North Carolina generally covers employees injured as a result from a job accident under an employer covered by the NC Workers’ Compensation Act. Unfortunately, many employees find themselves led into traps where they don’t receive the benefits and help they deserve due to untrustworthy insurance adjusters and investigators. If you’ve been injured at work and are looking for the next steps to take, contact our attorneys at The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm. Our team will help you build your case and recover compensation you deserve.

NC Workers’ Comp Rules

Receiving compensation for your injuries follows one rule: they must be by accident. North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) faces false cases frequently and will not rule in an employee’s favor without identifiable cause of injury. Simply, workers must have proof that they were going about their daily work routine when the injury occurs. Being at fault for the accident is not as uncommon as you think – our attorneys work with these types of cases all the time.  Injured North Carolina employees that are at fault for their own accident can still receive workers’ compensation coverage, as long as there’s no indication that they purposely inflicted bodily harm to themselves on purpose. They must also prove that there was no use of alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred.

At-Fault 3rd Party Injuries

Accidents that occur while working, but not caused by the employer, is another position employees find themselves in regularly. These types of accidents typically involve vehicle accidents, slipping, falling and using defective products. In addition to workers’ compensation coverage, employees are urged to make claims in civil court against the at-fault third party.

Remember, any type of workplace injury no matter how minor, is eligible to fight for workers’ compensation benefits. Getting the best medical benefits and financial security can only happen if you file a claim. Many times employees are unsure about how to handle their situation, and they end up doing nothing as a result. If you’ve been injured on the job and don’t know what to do next, we recommend these five steps to take to get the injury claim process started. You don’t have to go through this situation alone.  The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm is ready to help you pursue your benefits. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.

We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.


Frank Prior - Attorney

Frank Prior

With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.

Sherman Lee Criner - Attorney

Sherman Lee Criner

Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.

Ashley Edwards - Attorney

Ashley M. Edwards

Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies. 

Client Feedback

“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"

Trevor P.

“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."

Patrick H.

“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"

Channing E.

“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."

Renee M.

“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."

Stephen H.

“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "

Ashley M.

“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."

Anthony R.

“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."

Marlo C.

“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"

Peer Review - Lawyers.com

“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."


“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "

Peer Review - Lawyers.com

“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "


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