Why Would an Employer Deny a Legitimate NC Workers Compensation Claim?
One of the many issues faced by workers who are injured on the job in North Carolina and in many other states involves unreasonable denial of worker’s compensation claims. You get hurt on the job, sometimes quite seriously, while performing your work duties. You may fall, be struck by a heavy object, or perhaps because you were asked to lift a heavy object, your back “pops” and you can no longer stand or sit without pain.
Even if your workplace injury was witnessed by co-workers or your supervisor, your employer’s insurance company may deny your workers compensation claim. They may argue that you really hurt your back at home playing with your children or working around the house. They may acknowledge your injury but refuse to authorize the treatment necessary to help you recover. Your employer may refer you to your group health carrier and refuse to file a workers’ compensation claim at all. It seems that no one is on your side after your injury!
Luckily, in North Carolina, like most other states, you have the right to a hearing to demand lost wage benefits as well as medical care, and you may be eligible for penalties if the insurance company is late in making payments as well. This hearing will take place in front of the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). Hiring a NC workers compensation lawyer to represent you at this hearing prevents you from walking in alone without the documentation necessary to attain the best outcome.
When a workplace injury claim is denied or “controverted” you need to act quickly. Here’s more about what it means when a work injury claim is controverted (from a colleague in Georgia who faces the same issues as we do here in North Carolina).
If your employer or their insurance company is giving you the runaround, or nothing seems to be happening, you would be well served by seeking legal help from a NC workers’ compensation attorney. Call our office at 919-615-3095 for information about asserting your rights under NC workers compensation law.