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Being hurt at work can happen when you least expect it, and depending on the injury you incurred, you may be out of work for some time. Occasionally, individuals will be significantly injured and may be temporarily or permanently disabled and unable to work either in the same line of work they were able to previously, or at all. North Carolina workers’ compensation exists to help injured employees get medical care and reimbursement for lost wages while they recover from an injury that occurred at work, however, the process to apply and be approved for these benefits isn’t simple.
The Critical Components of Every Workers’ Compensation Case
Workers’ comp is denied for a variety of reasons. However, there are many things that you can do to ensure that your case has the best chance possible, including:
- Reporting your injury to your employer right away. Many cases are denied because an employee waited days or even weeks to report an incident to their employer.
- Fill out an accident report. Always make sure there is an accident report or some sort of formal documentation of the accident as soon as possible, even if your employer attempts to discourage you from filling one out.
- Get medical assistance right away. Even if you think the injury is minor or you feel fine at the time, it is critical that you go to the emergency room or your doctor’s office right after the incident. Your case could be denied for not seeking medical care soon enough after the accident.
Why Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
While it is possible to file and be accepted for workers’ compensation benefits without the help of a lawyer in North Carolina, it can be extremely challenging, especially if you have an employer who is being uncooperative in the process. An attorney can assist you in the initial filing process, and if your claim is denied, your lawyer can help you follow up with an appeal. Your case stands a much higher chance of being approved when you work with an attorney from the start.
Contact the Law Office of Fred D. Webb, Jr. Today
Attorney Fred D. Webb, Jr., has experience and knowledge to assist you with filing a North Carolina workers’ compensation claim. He will guide you through the process step-by-step and explore every available option to get you the benefits you need after being injured on the job. Call today for a consultation at (919) 775-1212.