If you sustain an injury on the job, it’s extremely important for you to notify your employer as quickly as possible.
If you don’t tell someone, you might lose your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits altogether. Here are some general rules of thumb for North Carolina workers’ compensation claims.
When should I report my injury?
The sooner, the better! And do it in writing.
Our workers’ compensation laws require us to provide written notice to our employer within 30 days of the injury. The primary exception to this rule would be if the employer had “actual notice” of the injury (i.e., they witnessed the injury as it happened). Just to be safe, you should always provide written notice of your injury to your employer as soon as possible, regardless of the circumstances. If you’re physically unable to do so, ask a friend or family member to report the injury to your employer, in writing, on your behalf.
How should I report my injury?
As long as the report of the injury is in writing, the sky’s the limit. You can complete a formal accident report, deliver a handwritten letter, type out an email, or even send a text message to your employer. It all counts. However, there are a few important pieces of information you’ll want to include:
- Your name and address
- The time, place, nature, and cause of the accident
- The nature of the resulting injury
Make sure you indicate very clearly that the injury happened at work or while on the job. Also, save a copy of the correspondence just in case you need to prove at some point down the road that you reported your injury.
Who should I report my injury to?
If your employer doesn’t have a formal reporting process in place, the best practice would be to report your injury, in writing, to someone in a position of authority. Does your company have a human resources department? Are you able to reach your direct supervisor or general manager?
Don’t assume that your employer has received notice of your injury just because you texted one of your coworkers about it. Try to get your written report into the hands of someone higher up the chain than you.
Don’t be denied just because you were unfamiliar with workers’ comp laws
The nuances in workers’ compensation law are many and varied – and they can be complicated to the uninitiated. When reporting your accident and describing how it happened, we have seen many people denied simply because they unwittingly described the accident in a manner that pit the laws against them. They told the truth, but were unfamiliar with how workers’ comp laws view certain types of accidents.
Here are some precautions to take to try to prevent an unwarranted denial from happening to you.
Free Case Evaluation from NC Workers’ Comp Lawyers
That is why we always urge injured workers to contact us immediately after a work injury for a free case evaluation. (We are sometimes able to offer advice on your situation, even if you don’t hire us.) If you have been injured in a work accident, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078.
P.S. Here are lots of good reasons we believe you should hire us to handle your workers’ compensation claim.