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Understanding Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment

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

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If you’ve been injured on the job, there are a few important steps to take, including seeking immediate medical treatment. It is your employer’s or their workers’ compensation insurance company’s responsibility to provide medical treatment when accidents occur. At The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm, we’re often asked by clients what medical treatment they’re entitled to and for how long. Here are a few things you can expect on your road to recovery.

What type of medical treatment can I expect?

Depending on the accident, workers can expect treatment that relieves pain, cures their injury, and allows them to return to work. Medical services range from medication and testing to surgery and rehabilitation. If an injury is severe enough, such as suffering from physical limitations, treatment might include modifications within the home to accommodate an adjustable bed during the recovery process.

What doctor will treat my injury?

Generally, the employer chooses an approved physician to diagnose the proper treatment. Employees have the right to request another doctor if they believe another professional can cure the injury, reduce the pain, or help them get back to work faster. Injured workers also have permission to get a second opinion from a non-treating physician.

What is a medical restriction?

During diagnosis, the physician rates and assigns an employee’s level of temporary and permanent disability. The decision determines if an employee can return to work and if job requirements need to change to accommodate the worker’s disability. This also decides if any disability benefits are included on top of medical treatment payments. Employees are allowed to get a second opinion about their level of disability if they believe the rating is unacceptable.

What if my company refuses to pay for my medical treatment?

If a company refuses to acknowledge a workers’ compensation claim, which denies paid medical treatment, the North Carolina Industrial Commission should be notified immediately and the employee should consider hiring an attorney, such as The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm.

Workplace injuries are a serious matter that should not be ignored by you or your employer. It is your right to seek medical treatment and receive the best benefits that allow you to make a stress-free recovery. Our lawyers are here to help you understand what to expect as you make your way through the treatment process. Don’t go through this alone. Contact our firm for any questions or concerns you have about your case.

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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. 

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“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!"

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“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. "

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“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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