Workers’ compensation provides financial protection for employees who injure themselves while doing their jobs. Injured workers should report job-related injuries to their employers in a timely fashion.
This guide covers the process of reporting a work-related injury in North Carolina.
Report the injury to your employer and seek medical treatment
Your priority when you suffer an injury is to seek medical treatment. If your employer has health care on-site you may receive treatment from that provider. If not, check with your employer to see if there is a specific health care provider off-site that you need to see, unless your injury requires emergency care. If you need immediate care, call 911 or have someone transport you to the nearest emergency room.
Tell your health care provider the injury is work-related
Most healthcare providers will ask if an injury is work-related, but if they do not, make sure to inform them. This will alert your provider that they should bill your treatment to your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Report your injury to a manager
As soon as you are able, report your injury to your supervisor or the owner of your company, whichever is appropriate. If you are unable to do this because of your injury, ask a friend, family member or health care provider to do so. You should also provide written notice within 30 days of your injury.
Most employers have specific procedures in place to handle workplace injuries. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with these procedures before an injury occurs.