When it comes to any type of injury or illness, time is of the essence. You always want to catch a cold early so that you don't develop full blown symptoms just like you want to treat a cut before it can get infected. You don't want to have to walk around on a broken foot for a week or so before getting it looked at just like you want to go to the doctor immediately if you dislocate your shoulder. If all of these things are something you want to do quickly, then it only makes sense that you want to be on top of any extra work that it may include. When you're hurt on the job, this includes paperwork regarding the injury. We often hear people ask when we think they should file their workers compensation claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Our answer is always the same: immediately! Not only is it important for you to get the ball rolling quickly in case there are any issues, but you only have two years from the date of the injury to file. While this seems like a long time, you can't get any workers compensation benefits without filing, which means you really should do it within 30 days. Any longer and you may have other issues occur that can impact how much compensation you receive. While there may be certain reasons that you cannot file right away after an injury, it is important that you do so as quickly as possible once you are able. If there is one thing that we never want to hear, it's that your compensation was impacted because of when you filed. There are always so many things that you need to get done when you are injured, and all of them seem like the number one priority. Although it is definitely exhausting to recover from an injury that keeps you out of work, it is important that you do everything you can to get any paperwork in quickly and set things in motion so you can sit back and relax a little instead of having to try and cram something in before a deadline. If you were injured at work, give Collier a call and see what we can do to help you get the compensation you deserve. Just make sure you do it quickly so that you don't have to worry about it later!