Getting hurt at work often makes someone feel ashamed, which is an unfortunate, albeit completely normal response to an injury. Many people blame themselves for not being more careful or at least for no longer being able to provide for their families the way they had been before the incident. This is often made worse by the societal feelings toward people who don’t work that is impressed upon us by many people we interact with. What we want you to remember is that even if you are no longer able to work due to an injury, you are not a person who deserves to be blamed and left behind. In fact, we believe the opposite to be true. Workers compensation in North Carolina has what is known as a “no-fault” clause. This means that regardless of who may be “responsible” for the injury, you are still eligible for the compensation as long as it was an accident. Accidents happen all the time and they don’t have to be the result of any one person doing something. How many times have you opened up a cabinet in your kitchen only to have something fall out at you? While it may be that someone put the item too close to the edge of the shelf, it may also simply be due to constant small movements that it worked its way forward to the point that it fell. If we don’t blame ourselves when a bottle of shampoo falls in the shower, why would it be any different when something falls at work? The way North Carolina law is worded, you can file a claim only if the incident was an accident. If it was clearly caused by negligence, that gets into a completely different group of laws. There are still options for you in this case, but for the time being let’s focus on workers compensation laws. Unless you blatantly caused the injury by being careless or by ignoring orders, you likely have a chance of getting some form of workers compensation. Regardless of who may have been at fault, you should call Collier Law Firm if you have been hurt at work. You will get a free consultation for your case and a legal team that will fight to make sure you get the compensation that you deserve. We understand that accidents happen and want to help you get back on track. Give us a call today!