How to File a North Carolina Workers Comp Claim
After suffering an on-the-job injury, there are many questions you’ll have about what happens next. Maybe you are wondering how you’ll continue to support your family while you are unable to work, or perhaps you are curious about what workers compensation benefits are and how to get approved for them.
But before we jump into the details surrounding workers comp benefits in North Carolina, you will first need to know how to file your claim so you can be one step closer to securing the benefits you may be entitled to.
Below, we describe in further detail how you can go about filing your North Carolina work comp claim through your employer and why you should also consider filing through the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC).
Reporting Your Condition to Your Employer
Once you are medically stable and know that you want to seek workers compensation benefits, your first step should be to contact an attorney to protect your best interests and work on building you a strong work comp claim.
From there, you’ll need to report your injury or illness to your employer. This needs to be done within thirty days of your diagnosis, as failure to report within this deadline could result in your claim being denied by the insurance company. If you are working with an attorney, your lawyer will be able to report your condition and your intention to seek workers compensation benefits to your employer on your behalf.
Your employer will then be obligated to file a claim through their work comp insurance provider so you can begin the NC workers comp claims process. However, it is important to note that it is not uncommon for some employers to retaliate against employees who seek work comp benefits or to delay in filing the claim.
This is typically because if the insurance company has to provide you with workman’s compensation approval, your employer’s insurance premiums will more than likely increase, costing them money.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission
To protect your best interests and to ensure that the workers comp claim is filed in a timely manner, you should also be prepared to file your North Carolina workers comp claim through the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC).
This can be done by printing off Form 18 and mailing it in to the following address:
1235 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1235
Or, you can fill out Form 18 and email it to email@example.com.
When you submit Form 18 rather than waiting for your employer to get their Form 19 filed, you are taking the initiative to obtain the benefits that you are entitled to following a work-related injury or illness.
Meet with a North Carolina Workers Comp Lawyer
When you are ready to file your workman’s compensation claim but are still unsure of where to start, get help from an experienced North Carolina workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A. You can schedule your no-cost consultation by completing the convenient contact form included below or calling our office directly at 252-752-7785.