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Steps to Take After a Workplace Injury

If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, it’s important to take the right steps to maximize your chances of getting the benefits you need for medical bills and lost wages. Without taking the correct actions, you could risk jeopardizing your case and your rights to compensation.

After a workplace injury, make sure you:

  • Alert your supervisor or manager.
    Notify the manager on duty of your workplace injury as soon as you can. There are time limits for filing a workers’ compensation claim, so the sooner your employer knows about your injury, the better. Make sure to include as many details about the accident as you can, such as: where it happened, who witnessed the accident, and any defects or safety hazards that may have caused it.
  • Seek medical attention.
    Your injuries should be treated by a doctor as soon as possible—even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously hurt. Some injuries may get worse over time, and it’s important to have a doctor examine you for internal injuries. A medical report also can serve as valuable evidence to build your case.
  • Complete the required forms.
    To get started with your claim, you must fill out the correct North Carolina workers’ compensation forms. In addition to providing these to you, your employer also is responsible for completing Form 19—which is your employer’s report of your injury—and submitting it either electronically or via mail to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
  • Get a lawyer.
    A workers’ compensation lawyer has the resources to fully evaluate your injury and determine how much money you may need temporarily and long-term. Getting a lawyer may mean the difference between obtaining full compensation for your medical bills and lost wages and receiving a small “lowball” offer.

How Crumley Roberts Can Help You

We have more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured workers like you. At Crumley Roberts, our workers’ compensation attorneys are familiar with the law, and we know how the system works. We have offices located throughout North Carolina, and we’re ready to help you move on with your life—call us at or fill out our free initial consultation form.

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