Creating a workers compensation claim is a long and complicated process. There are many different steps that you should take in regards to these claims and not all of them are obvious. Here are a few things that you can do to protect yourself in the event of any kind of workers compensation claim.
The first thing you should always do in the event of an injury on the job is to create a claim. This is true of any type of injury, small or large. Many different medical issues begin as something small with the more severe symptoms developing with time. You should report any injury within thirty days to your employer, and always make sure there is a paper trail to follow. If you simply tell someone that you hurt yourself, they may forget or even deny it if you attempt to make a claim at a later date. If you file for workers compensation, you must submit a File 18 to the North Carolina Industrial Commission within two years of the injury date. You should make at least two copies of this and send one to your employer while keeping one for yourself.
Always seek medical treatment for any injury you have sustained. Ask your doctor for copies of any paperwork for your own files. The more documentation, the better. Be sure to explain exactly what happened in the same way you described it in your initial claim. Again, ask for copies so that your claim will be backed up by consistency. If your doctor suggests anything or prescribes any medication at all, be sure to follow their advice to the letter. Not only will it generally make you feel better, but it will also help your workers compensation case if you have done all you can to recover in the quickest amount of time.
Although sometimes employers make it difficult for someone after they have submitted a workers compensation claim, do not quit your job. Keep records of anything they do or other employees do which make you uncomfortable in regards to your injury. Present all of these documents to your attorney. If you call Trey Collier today, you will receive a free consultation and all of the help we can offer. Let us know how we can help you!