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Video: Employee rights after accidents

Workers' compensation benefits are available after a workplace accident regardless of who may have been at fault. Most employers are required to carry insurance that provides for such claims.

Even so, hard working employees may be reluctant to file a claim and seek the full remedy they may deserve. One commonly voiced concern is fear of employer retaliation. Fortunately, the state law offers protection: It is illegal in North Carolina to take an adverse action against an employee solely because he or she filed a workers' compensation claim.

Unfortunately, an employer may attempt to disguise retaliation under a variety of pretexts. For this reason, we urge anyone who has suffered an on-the-job injury to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can be an advocate for an injured worker through the entire claim process.

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