Getting hurt on the job is always stressful. There are normally a million questions that you feel like you need to ask when it happens, none more pressing than “How will I provide for my family now?” This is especially true if you are the only person in your house who works. In fact, this concern often drives many people to forgo filing a workers’ compensation claim out of fear that they will lose money or even get fired from their job. If you have been hurt at work, there are a few things that we want you to know.

First of all, it is illegal for your job to fire you due to an injury that you sustained during the scope of your work. This means that if you were on the job and a box fell on you and hurt your back, for example, you cannot be let go on those grounds alone. If you have been fired from your job and believe it to be due to an injury, immediately call an attorney. Secondly, an employer cannot tell you that you are not allowed to file a workers’ compensation claim. It doesn’t matter whether or not they say they have workers’ compensation insurance or if they assure you that it won’t be processed. It is always better to submit one just in case you are eligible. These are two of the most common things that we hear and they are simply not true.

It also does not matter in the state of North Carolina if you are “at fault” for the injury or not. North Carolina has a “no fault” approach to workers compensation which means that unless you were going out of your way to get hurt or disobeying direct orders, you may be eligible for workers compensation. The North Carolina Industrial Commission does not require you to prove that you could not have prevented the injury, so you can rest assured that this will not come up in the litigation.

If you have been hurt on the job, there are millions of different possible reactions that your employer may have. In a perfect world, they will accept the claim and pay your medical bills along with any compensation that you deserve based upon your injury and the time you need to take off of work. They would also accommodate you until you are either back to 100 percent health or you are ruled to be permanently partially disabled. Unfortunately, this isn’t always what happens. Sometimes employers will attempt to get you to quit. Sometimes they will threaten to fire you. Other times they will simply refuse to accept the claim. No matter what, you should always be sure to have a workers’ compensation attorney by your side.

Sometimes, a workers’ compensation victim is offered a settlement, also known as a clincher. This is another situation in which you should immediately call an attorney. While some settlements are good deals for the person injured, others are not. These tend to be offered when it is likely that the person will need to have medical treatment for the rest of their life. A large number will be named, which naturally will sound wonderful, but the money does go fast when we are talking about medical bills. Never assume that you are going to be covered without speaking to someone first.

If you have been hurt on the job, call MHC Law at 704-864-6751 or use our online email tool to give us an overview of your situation. You need an attorney to help you navigate the complicated laws of workers’ compensation and you deserve to have the best people by your side. Let us know how we can help you today so that you can have a healthier tomorrow!

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