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Frequently Asked Workers' Comp Questions
1. What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that almost all employers are required to carry to protect their workers in case they get injured. It provides employees who have suffered a work-related injury or illness with financial assistance for their medical bills and lost wages. The amount of workers’ compensation benefits that an employee can receive is based on his or her disability level.
At Crumley Roberts, we know workers’ compensation laws, and we have more than 25 years of experience helping injured workers just like you. It’s our goal to protect your rights after a workplace injury and help you get the money you need to support your family. If you’ve been injured on the job, dial or fill out our free initial consultation form today.
2. How can I file a workers’ compensation claim?
To file a workers’ compensation claim, you should notify your manager of your injury as soon as it happens. He or she will provide you with paperwork to fill out, including a copy of Form 18—which is a notice of the accident—from the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). Be sure that your employer also completes the NCIC Form 19, which is your workplace’s report of your injury.
3. What’s covered by workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation benefits cover the following:
- on-the-job injuries or illnesses that require medical treatment or cause you to miss work,
- injuries that occur while traveling for work-related purposes—such as business trips,
- and injuries that occur on work premises but off the clock, such as during a lunch break.
4. Can I get fired if I file for workers’ compensation?
No. The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act protects you from being fired by your employer if you file a workers’ compensation claim. It also protects you against “punishments” for filing a claim, such as a demotion, reduced pay, or withholding of benefits. Don’t be intimidated by your employer or by the legal process into giving up your rights—ourNorth Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys will stand up for you.
5. Do I need a lawyer to receive workers’ compensation benefits?
No, but it can be difficult to get the benefits you need without experienced legal representation. Employers and their insurance providers may not always have your best interests in mind, and they may be reluctant to pay you a fair amount for your lost wages and medical bills. A workers’ compensation lawyer at Crumley Roberts can investigate your injury and help you move forward with your life.