People in North Carolina and elsewhere maintain gainful employment in order to provide for themselves and their families. However, what happens when a person is injured on the job and can no longer work? Luckily, North Carolina like all other states offers workers’ compensation to injured and disabled workers, but affected parties should know when to file for benefits.
As soon as possible
When an employee suffers an injury on the job, he or she should immediately report the injury to the employer. The injured individual should also seek the proper medical attention and maintain careful records of the costs associated with the treatment. Those who delay in reporting their injury and seeking medical care can adversely impact their ability to receive benefits.
When reporting an injury, a person must ensure the claim contains as many details as possible. These include things such as when and how the accident occurred, the date and time, as well as a list of any witnesses. The employee should initiate the claim as soon as possible
Seeking legal counsel
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complicated process, and claims can be denied for any number of reasons. Because of this, affected parties in North Carolina should work directly with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney from the start. A lawyer can explain a client’s options and help him or her successfully navigate the process to obtain the maximum amount of benefits the claimant deserves.