The Workers’ Compensation Process In North Carolina

The Law Office of K. Gregory Gunter is committed to helping injured workers in North Carolina successfully navigate the workers’ compensation system to ensure they receive all the  compensationto which they are entitled.

We know the process can be confusing. We believe that the last thing an injured worker should have to worry about is getting adequate medical treatment and a fair settlement from the employer’s insurance company. That is why we stand by our clients every step of the way, from immediately following an accident to the monetary settlement of the claim.

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The Workers’ Compensation Process Explained By An Experienced Raleigh Work Injury Claim Lawyer

If you have been injured while on the job, you should report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. Once you have done so, you should file a workers’ compensation claim within 30 days of an accident.

Once they have been notified of an accident, the employer should file aForm 19 to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.  As the injured party, you are responsible for filing Form 18 within two years of an accident, but you should submit the form as soon as possible.

Once the employer’s insurance company has notice of your claim, it has 14 days following the filing of a Form 18 to accept or deny a claim.  Afterwards, you may be asked to provide a statement detailing your accident and resulting injuries.  However, you should never give a statement to the insurance carrier without first consulting an attorney.

If your claim is accepted, your employer’s insurer will direct the course of your medical treatment until you reach what is referred to as maximum medical improvement (MMI). You will also receive weekly payments based on a specific wage schedule. If your claim is denied, we will help you appeal the insurer’s decision to the Industrial Commission.

Once you have reached MMI, several possible situations may occur:

  1. You may be eligible to return to your previous employer in the same position.
  2. You may receive vocational training to assist you in finding new employment with a different employer.
  3. You may negotiate a monetary settlement with the employer’s insurance company to compensate you for your injuries.

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The above information is meant to be a general guide. We can explain your rights in the workers’ compensation process in North Carolina during a free, confidential and no-obligation consultation. Arrange yours by calling 919- 670-1070 or 844-279-9114 toll free.

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