A workplace injury can leave you in pain, with expensive medical bills, and unable to earn income.
Many North Carolina employees are harmed at work each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that 64,900 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses happened in North Carolina in 2020 among private employers alone. We are sorry if you were hurt at work. Our experienced Winston-Salem workers’ comp attorneys are here to ensure you receive all the benefits the law provides, benefits the insurance company may not tell you about or voluntarily pay.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance plan that protects employees injured by accident or occupational disease by paying 100% of medical expenses and two thirds (⅔) of their wages while they recover or are unable to return to work. North Carolina requires all businesses with three or more employees to have workers’ compensation coverage, usually an insurance policy.
What Should You Do After Being Injured at Work?
When you suffer a workplace injury in North Carolina, you should take these steps to protect your well-being and your ability to recover fair compensation.
Report the Injury to Your Employer
You should immediately report the injury to your employer. Your employer may ask you to fill out an accident report and give a statement about your injuries. The employer’s insurance carrier may attempt to deny your claim if it was not reported within 30 days. Keep a copy of your report for your records.
NOTE: It is important to file your claim for benefits within two years of the injury. Failure to do so will likely bar you from recovering compensation.
Seek Medical Attention
If you have serious injuries, you should seek medical care right away.
Even if your injuries don’t require critical care, get a medical evaluation soon after your accident. Your employer may recommend a medical provider that is approved by their workers’ compensation plan. If you go to an emergency room or another medical provider, tell them that you have suffered a workplace injury and list the name of your employer. This information allows the healthcare provider to bill the claim under workers’ compensation.
Delaying medical treatment could cause you physical harm and reduce your ability to recover compensation. As time goes on, it becomes more difficult to find evidence. Plus, if you delay treatment, your employer could claim that you were injured at a later date, outside of work. For these reasons, getting prompt medical attention and following medical advice is an important step after a workplace accident.
If you do not need to urgently evacuate the accident scene, gather evidence to support your injury claim. Photographs of the scene, witness contact information, and any other supporting evidence can boost your claim. Bring all evidence to your Winston-Salem workers’ comp lawyers.
Contact a Winston-Salem Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Sometimes employers and their insurance carriers try to minimize or avoid paying the medical treatment and wage loss benefits you are entitled to under workers’ compensation. If you have not received fair injury payment, you need to contact a Winston Salem workers’ compensation attorney. Send us a message or call (336) 724-2828 to learn how we can assist you.
The attorneys at EMP Law help workers recover their full benefits. Our law firm is recognized throughout North Carolina as a highly experienced and dedicated firm that provides intelligent, knowledgeable, zealous representation to injured workers. We assist you at all stages of your workers’ compensation claims, including hearings and appeals.
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North Carolina Workers' Compensation Cases We Handle
Our clients have won in a variety of cases, including:
- Recovering Benefits For a Denied Claim
- Obtaining Necessary Medical Treatment
- Proving an Occupational Disease
- Suing a Negligent Third Party
- Negotiating a Quality Settlement
- Workplace Accidents
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
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