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You only have so much time to file a workers’ comp lawsuit

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

You suffered injuries on the job and have been trying to get your losses covered for some time to no avail. Your workers’ compensation provider has either rejected your claims or has only offered minimal relief. It isn’t right, and the good news is, you don’t have to accept it. Just know, if you opt to pursue legal action about it, you only have so much time to do it according to North Carolina laws.  

Statute of limitations 

There is a statute of limitations placed on workers’ compensation claims and any legal proceedings surrounding such cases. For filing your initial claim with your workers’ compensation insurance provider, you generally have 30 days from the date of injury and/or diagnosis — in cases of work-related illnesses. File late, and your claim will be denied.  

For filing a lawsuit, according to North Carolina laws, you have two years from when the injury occurred or from when an occupational disease was diagnosed to file your claim. Again, file late, and that is it. Your lawsuit will be rejected.  

The sooner you act, the better 

The sooner you act when considering filing a workers’ comp-related lawsuit the better. You don’t want to miss out on the compensation you need and deserve because you waited too long. If you aren’t sure if you have a case or if pursuing legal action is worth it, having an experienced workers’ compensation attorney review your case details and answer any questions you have is a good place to start. Your attorney will be able to help you determine if legal action is appropriate and, if it is, assist you in fighting for fair compensation for your losses.