Most employers in North Carolina are required to carry some type of workers’ compensation insurance that covers employees when they are injured or become ill on the job. While it is at times difficult to determine if an incident falls under workers’ compensation, there are five steps every worker should take when they have been injured on the job, according to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
The first step is to seek out medical treatment and report the injury to an immediate supervisor or the employer. There may be a healthcare provider on site or the employer can direct the employee to an approved clinic. If there is no designated clinic or provider, it is important that the employee seek the appropriate medical attention for their needs immediately.
The second step is to discuss the injury with a healthcare provider and make sure they know it is work related. This means that the provider can bill the appointment and treatment as a workers’ compensation claim.
The third step is to inform the owner of your company or your employer that the accident was work related. If it is possible to do this personally, that is the best way to do it, but a friend, healthcare provider or family member can also pass on the information as soon as possible.
The fourth step, provided by FindLaw, is to give a written notice to the employer as soon as possible, but always within 30 days. The statement should include a brief description of the injury and the date of the accident. A family member or friend can write a letter if the injured is unable to do so, and a copy should be kept for their records.
Finally, the fifth step requires that the injured follow the treatment guidelines given by the healthcare provider. By following these five steps, workers can get the appropriate treatment for their injury and get back to their jobs as soon as possible.