After you are injured at work, you should inform your employer of your injury verbally and in writing (within 30 days) and seek medical treatment immediately for your injury. Your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company will contact you to ask questions. They may also want you to do a recorded statement.
Your claim can be accepted or denied. In accepted cases, you will receive weekly workers compensation benefits when written out of work by your doctor and the employer should pay for medical treatment. In denied cases, you will not receive any monetary benefits or payment for medical expenses.
Even in accepted cases an attorney is useful if there are issues with how much they are willing to pay you and what medical treatment they are willing to cover. The employer controls the medical treatment in accepted cases. In denied cases, the employer is denying that you have a workers’ compensation case at all, so seeking an attorney is your best move.
An attorney will collect all your medical records and bills, negotiate any outstanding liens, and maximize your settlement value. They will also evaluate whether your case is worth taking to hearing or resolving pre-hearing if the employer refuses to pay for treatment or accept responsibility.
If you and your attorney decide that you are likely to have a better outcome at hearing, your attorney will file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC).
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