People in North Carolina rely on their jobs to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. They work many different types of jobs though. Some have more inherent dangers than others and when accidents occur, workers can suffer injuries as a result. This can be very detrimental to the worker, especially if it is a significant injury. The worker may require significant medical treatment and miss time at work, losing income.
In these situations, not only is the worker dealing with the physical difficulties associated with the injury, but could be dealing with financial problems as well. If the worker was injured at work though they may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can pay for the medical bills and also pay a portion of the typical income while they are unable to work. These benefits can be very important and it is important that workers receive the benefits they deserve.
Steps to take after workplace injury
The severity of the injuries can vary greatly, but if the worker is able, they should notify their employer of the injury. They should also seek medical treatment right away as well. When receiving medical treatment, the worker should notify the medical staff that the injury occurred at work and tell them the name of the employer. Workers should also ensure that the appropriate manager of the company or owner knows about the accident and injury. If the worker is unable to notify them personally, have a family member notify them in writing. Finally, continue to follow the advice and instructions from the doctors for treatment.
Reporting a workplace injury and receiving the appropriate medical treatment is just the first step in a workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina. After being reported, the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will review the claim and determine the amount and duration of the benefits. This can lead to disputes and the process can become complicated. Experienced attorneys understand the process and may be able to guide one through it.