Am I Eligible to File a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Claim?

September 8 , 2023

At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys have used our 60+ years of combined experience to represent injured workers throughout North Carolina successfully.

During each free consultation, we explain to our potential clients that to be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina, they generally need to meet specific criteria.

Workers’ Compensation Claim

Here, we discuss the essential eligibility requirements.

Employment Status

You must be an employee of a company covered by North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws. Independent contractors and specific other categories of workers may not be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Injury or Illness

You must have suffered an injury or developed an illness due to your work. The injury or illness should have occurred within the course and scope of your employment. This includes accidents at the workplace, occupational diseases, and injuries resulting from work-related activities.

Timely Reporting

You must report your work-related injury or illness to your employer promptly. In North Carolina, you have 30 days from the date of the injury or from when you first become aware of a work-related illness to notify your employer. Failure to report within this time frame can jeopardize your claim.

Once you report the injury, your employer is responsible for filing a First Report of Injury with the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

Medical Treatment

You must seek medical treatment for your injury or illness immediately. Your employer may have a designated healthcare provider for workers’ compensation cases, so it is important to follow their instructions regarding medical treatment.

In addition to seeking medical care, you must follow your physician’s treatment instructions and attend all follow-up appointments.

Have You Been Injured at Work in North Carolina?

It is important to note that North Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws are complex, and the specifics of your case can impact your eligibility. If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria and have suffered a work-related injury or illness, contact our dedicated Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation law firm, which provides free consultations to all employees who have suffered a workplace injury in North Carolina by calling 704-376-1616 or contacting us online. We can guide you through the specific circumstances of your case and help you navigate the claims process.

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