Any time you get hurt while on the job, there are a thousand questions which will spring to mind. Naturally, many of these will be similar to questions like “How long will it take to get back to work” and “Will I ever fully recover”. However, there are a few other questions you should be asking yourself and those around you in regards to your workers compensation claim. These are a few of the questions you should ask that pertain to what may be affecting your claim.
The first thing you need to ask is if the incident was an accident. While we are certain that no one meant to get you hurt, not every injury that occurs on the job is covered by workers compensation. An accident is generally covered under these laws, however not every incident that takes place while you were going about your normal work day is considered an accident. Back injuries are an exception to this law and as such are more complicated to argue.
Another thing that can affect your claim is a previous injury or history of damage to the same body part. Although a previous claim or medical history of treatment to the same area does not automatically disqualify you from workers compensation, it may negatively impact your treatment and the provided payment for any medical expenses. Insurance companies do not want to pay out more money than they absolutely have to and have become experts in arguing that the severity of your injury is due to a previous injury or illness. While having hurt the area before is not your fault, it can cause issues with getting you the full compensation for your claim.
Another thing that can impact your workers compensation claim is whether or not your employer can accommodate your injury at work. The entire point of paying workers compensation is to get you back to work, even with restrictions. If your employer is able to help you to work around your injury and return you to work, this will impact your claim.
If you have any questions about your workers compensation claim in North Carolina, don’t hesitate to call Trey Collier for your free consultation. We want to help you get back to where you were pre-injury, so let us know what we can do for you!