At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys fully believe in all eligible North Carolina employees’ right to pursue the complete benefits they are entitled to after suffering a workplace injury.
The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act requires all businesses that employ three or more employees to obtain workers’ compensation insurance or qualify as self-insured employers to pay workers’ compensation benefits to their employees.
When employers do anything to interfere with an employee’s right to file a claim, our workers’ compensation law firm founder and managing attorney, Martha Ramsay who has been giving a voice to the injured for more than 25 years can help right their wrong.
What if My North Carolina Employer Does Not Want Me To File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
It is not unheard of for employers to ask hurt employees to keep their injuries concealed to avoid filing a workers’ compensation claim with their insurance company.
Common reasons employers choose this path is to avoid insurance premium increases, limit the monies an employee can recover, or to prevent exposing unsafe working conditions that could negatively affect their reputation, which could influence profits and stock prices, when applicable.
Another reason to avoid filing a workers’ compensation claim is to avoid alerting OSHA to dangerous workplace conditions that may result in fines or closures.
No matter the reason, it is ill-advised to forego reporting your workers’ compensation claim in favor of allowing your employer to pay your expenses out of pocket.
If you have suffered a work injury in North Carolina, you are entitled to all the benefits workers’ compensation provides. And until you know the full extent of your injuries, those benefits could be the only thing that ensures you have the coverage you need to return to the quality of life you enjoyed before the accident.
Conversely, your employer can stop paying you, or your medical bills, any time they would like, should you take them up on an offer to pay you directly, instead of through their insurance coverage. It is not worth the risk.
What if My Employer Interferes with My Workers’ Compensation Claim by Retaliating Against or Firing Me?
The 1992 Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA) protects employees who file workers’ compensation claims and other complaints from adverse actions or responses from their employers.
Under REDA, your employer cannot fire you, nor can they demote you or subject you to any other unfavorable employment actions for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
If the way your employer treats you changes after you file a workers’ compensation claim in North Carolina, you may have a legal claim.
Because REDA protects you, you should never be afraid to file a workers’ comp claim. Watch our video for a more detailed explanation.
If you feel intimidated by your employer for any reason after suffering a work injury, contact our skilled Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Ramsay Law Firm for a Free Consultation Today
At the Ramsay Law Firm, our dedicated workers’ compensation law firm in Mecklenburg County provides free consultations to all injured North Carolina employees by calling 704-376-1616 or contacting us online.
Our Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation attorney and a skilled team of lawyers and support staff in Charlotte will manage each detail of your case, so you can focus on your recovery.
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