Necessary steps after North Carolina work accident best discussed with your attorney

Our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys do not suggest injured workers attempt to file claims on their own. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is the nature of the complex, confusing and bureaucratic process upon which the future financial well-being of you and your family must rely.

Too often, a claim will be denied, or an injured employee will realize too late how difficult the process can be. Those who would not think of filing their own income tax without the help of an accountant, suddenly find themselves in way over their head, with passing deadlines and other mandates serving only to increase the stress during what is already a difficult time.

Our North Carolina work accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of employees who have been injured, disabled, or killed on the job. We believe you deserve immediate access to quality legal representation. That’s why we offer a free consultation to discuss your rights.

There are certain things that must occur immediately. Advice from the North Carolina Industrial Commission includes:

-Seek medical care. In some cases you may be directed to an employer’s health care provider. (You should discuss compliance issues with your attorney but may also want to undergo an independent examination).

-Report the nature of the work injury to your employer and your health care provider (again, issues involving the notification of your health care provider and employer may be best left to an attorney).

-Personally report your work injury to the owner or manager of your company whenever possible.

-Provide written notice to your employer as soon as possible after the accident — but within 30 days. The written statement should include the date and a brief description of the accident and injuries (again, the contents of this statement may be best discussed with your attorney.)

If you are dealing with a work accident in North Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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