If you suffer an injury at work and your employer has a legal requirement to carry workers’ compensation insurance, then you must make a claim to get benefits.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission notes that you have to make a claim within 30 days of the accident to qualify for benefits. You must provide a written notice of the accident, which includes the date and nature of the injury, to properly make a claim.
What you must do
Immediately following the accident, you need to seek proper medical care. You also should inform your medical provider that the injuries are a workers’ compensation claim. You or someone you appoint should immediately report the injury to your employer. Do note that this does not take the place of the written notice you must provide. You also should follow all medical advice from the doctor who provides your treatment.
Making the claim
Making the actual claim to workers’ compensation is as easy as filing Form 18. You submit the form to the Industrial Commission. You may do so through email. You have two years in which to file this form. It can serve as the written notice to your employer if you file it within 30 days of your injury.
Form 18 requires you to provide information about yourself, your employer and the incident. Make sure all information is accurate or it could lead to delays with your claim. You should provide details whenever possible about the incident and your injuries. You also will need to have information about your medical care following the accident and any ongoing treatment.