When you get hurt on the job, there are going to be a lot of questions. These questions will likely come at you from all angles, including from yourself. Your employer will want to know what happened, your doctor will want to know what hurts the most, your coworkers will want to know if you're okay, and you will probably start asking yourself if there was anything you could have done to prevent the injury. These questions can really get to you if you aren't expecting the intensity, but they do all need to be answered, likely multiple times. One of the first questions you should ask, however, is how to file an injury claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. The North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) was created in 1929 to administer the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. Since then, it has branched out into other things as well, but the main goal for the agency remains that it was specifically designed to help streamline the process of workers compensation within the state. This makes the NCIC one stop shopping if you have been hurt while on the job. If you are trying to file a claim, you can easily do so by visiting ic.nc.gov. This page will not only answer the majority of your questions, but will also give you access to the forms you need to complete. The most common form that you will need to complete is Form 18, however if you are filing due to lung disease you will need Form 18B instead. This must be done within two years from the date of the accident, but you should always report the injury to the employer immediately. The NCIC will send you a letter acknowledging your form has been processed, so always be sure to follow up if you haven't received this correspondence. If you are unsure how to file a claim, or would simply like help doing so, give us a call. Here at Collier, we know how stressful and intimidating a situation like this can be. We will do everything within our power to make sure that you are given the right tools to get back on your feet and working again in no time. You deserve to get the compensation that you are entitled to, so give us a call and let us know what part of the process you need help with today!