Frankly, I’m not one to do too much heavy lifting. I mean, as valuable as my mind is, what do I need to do any manual labor for? So, I haven’t exactly experienced a work injury before or needed to call an attorney or received any work comp benefits.
Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t know all about it. It’s interesting stuff, and the more I think about it, the more I think we should talk about it more. A lot of people haven’t put in their research, and it shows. Some of you are probably stumbling into work like a zombie because you haven’t seen a chiropractor since you lifted that box of printer paper a week ago.
So, I did a little research myself. If you’ve been injured and you live in North Carolina, go ahead and read up on what you can expect after you’re hurt, before you just accept that your hand is just never going to have sensation again or something.
Injuries that Entitle You to Benefits
First, you might be thinking, “Oh, it’s just a little back pain,” or that it might not be serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor anyway. Frankly, that seems like a pretty dangerous guess to make without speaking to a doctor, but what do I know?
Lucky for you, though, you should still have a chance to get those workers comp benefits. North Carolina covers all injuries and illnesses, as long as they happened because of your job. So, say you slipped and fell on the job, and now you have a concussion. That injury is work-related and should be covered by your workers comp benefits.
That doesn’t mean everything that happens to you at or around work is a work-related injury, obviously. For example, if you have a history of heart disease in your family and you just so happen to have a heart attack at work . . . Well, you do the math there.
North Carolina’s Workers Comp Process
So, now you’re injured, and you think you might have a workers comp claim on your hands. What now? It turns out that it’s way easier to file than you might think. Honestly, they make it so easy, anyone can do it. I guess that’s the point, but anyway, it’s pretty simple.
First, you’ll need to seek out medical attention. That way, they can’t claim you’re faking it or had a non-work-related accident. Once you’re sure you’re definitely hurt, you’ll need to let your boss know.
You should notify them as soon as possible, but sometimes, you’re kinda stuck in the hospital with doctors poking you and talking surgery. Still, you’ll need to let them know within thirty days, or you could be denied workers comp. That’s a whole new mess for you, so act fast.
Then, you wait for the insurance company to check out your accident and decide whether to compensate you. See? It’s not exactly rocket science on your end. Of course, they could deny you, but then, that’s what a Greenville workers comp attorney is for. You’ll get your chance to appeal your denial and get your benefits if they decide to deny you.
All You Need to Know about Work Comp Benefits
Fortunately, you don’t have to be quite on my level to get your workers comp benefits. In fact, they make it easier, so everyone can access the care they need if they’re hurt on the job. Sounds pretty easy to me, honestly.
Now that I’ve dipped my toes, so to speak, in the waters of workers comp, maybe I should study up about this. There’s plenty to know about it, and who knows? Maybe it’ll even help me someday. Until then, enjoy my sage words about what you need to do next time you manage to fall off a ladder or get a finger caught in a machine.