Injuring yourself on the job can cause considerable stress. Nevertheless, North Carolina designed its workers’ compensation benefits to give you the financial support you need while you recover. Familiarizing yourself with the application process can help reduce some of this stress and confusion.
Find answers to common questions about applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina here.
What criteria must I meet to be eligible for workers’ compensation?
You qualify for workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina if you suffered an injury while performing your job duties for an employer who has workers’ compensation insurance. Your work must have directly caused the injury.
When should I report my injury?
Report your injury to your employer immediately, but at least within 30 days of the incident. If you do not report the injury within this timeframe, you could lose your eligibility for benefits.
How do I file a workers’ compensation claim?
After you report your injury to your employer, you must file a claim with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You do this by submitting Form 18. You must file this form within two years from the injury date.
What types of benefits can I receive?
North Carolina workers’ compensation benefits can include medical benefits, wage replacement benefits and disability benefits. The specific benefits you receive depend on the nature and severity of your injury.
What should I do if they deny my claim?
If you receive a denial for your claim, you have the right to appeal the decision. To start the appeal process, request a hearing with the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Can my employer retaliate against me for filing a claim?
North Carolina law forbids employers from retaliating against employees who file workers’ compensation claims. If you suspect your employer has retaliated against you, you can submit a complaint to the North Carolina Department of Labor.
The process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina involves several steps. By understanding the process, you can ensure you get the support you need while you recover from your workplace injury.