Workers’ compensation enables employees, who have suffered injuries or illness at their workplace, to obtain payment benefits to cover medical expenses and financial damages caused by the accident. In order to successfully recover workers’ compensation, there are important steps you need to take.
As soon as you get medical care, it is imperative to inform the doctor that your injuries were sustained due to a work accident, as this will help make sure your treatment is billed under workers’ compensation. However, you may want to continue treatment with your own doctor, since a work-sponsored doctor may look out for the best interests of your employer.
You need to inform your employer, in writing, about your injury within 30 days since the accident occurred.
Make sure you keep a copy for your own records. If your employer fails to report the injury, you could file a claim with the Industrial Commission within two years of your work accident. In order to do so, you must file Form 18 with the Industrial Commission along with the copy to your employer.
Seeking workers’ compensation in North Carolina alone can run the risk of not getting the benefits you deserve or none at all. With the help of our experienced Durham workers’ compensation attorneys at Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we can ensure that your rights are always protected during the process of seeking workers’ comp benefits.
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