What if My Employer Did Not Report My Injury for Workers Comp?
It happens more often than you might think: You report an injury you endured at work to your employer, thinking that they are going to take care of your workers compensation claim, only to find out afterwards that your employer never reported your claim.
This can be devastating when you were counting on these benefits as a temporary form of income while you were out of work. If you’ve only just been diagnosed with a work injury, or if you discovered that your employer failed to report your injury and you aren’t sure what to do now, read on.
Being Proactive with Your Work Comp Claim
As a rule of thumb, you should always take matters into your own hands when it comes to earning a living, and while you are going to be unable to work, securing work comp benefits is critical to your health and overall quality of life.
Typically, injured employees will report their injuries to their employer, and then their employer will file a workers compensation claim with their insurance company. However, payouts on workers comp claims mean a higher premium for your employer, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many employers try to get out of reporting claims wherever the can.
Thankfully, you don’t have to sit back and let your employer file your claim. You can file a claim for workers comp directly through the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC) and be well on your way to being approved for the benefits you deserve.
Penalties for Refusing to Report
The good news is whether your employer failed to report your injury because they wanted to protect their premiums or because they didn’t carry workers comp coverage (as required by law), the NCIC can hold them accountable when they let you down.
Not only have they prioritized their needs above those of their dedicated employees, but they’ve also broken the law. The NCIC can impose fines against the company, your supervisor, or even the higher-ups in certain circumstances. In other cases, individuals who knowingly went against the law can be treated as criminals and face felony charges.
We may also have the option to file a civil lawsuit against them if you suffered monetary or lifestyle damages as a result of their refusal to report your work injury claim.
Speak with a Workers Compensation Lawyer in North Carolina
When your employer refuses to report your injury to the insurance company and you don’t know how to go about obtaining the benefits that are rightfully yours, you can reach out to an experienced NC workers comp lawyer at Ricci Law Firm, P.A. for assistance.
Schedule your complimentary case review today by filling out the online contact form at the bottom of this page or by giving our office a call at 252-752-7785.