What should I do if I have been injured on the job?
Being injured on the job can be a life changing event that can affect someone’s ability to provide for themselves and their families. In many cases, injured workers are afraid to report their injuries in fear they will be fired from their jobs or reported to immigration. However, if you are injured on the job while working in North Carolina, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your legal status. As a result, it is very important to follow a few simple procedures.
First, if you have been injured on the job, and are physically able, you should immediately report the injury to your supervisor. You should mention the time and date of the injury, the manner in which it occurred, and the nature of the injury.
If you unable to report your injury immediately, you must give written notice of a claim as soon as possible after the occurrence of the injury (preferably within 30 days). The best way to do so is by using a form provided by the Industrial Commission called a Form 18. This form can usually be obtained from the employer or from the Industrial Commission itself. Once completed, keep a copy for yourself, then give one copy to your employer and return one to the Industrial Commission. This step is very important because your case may be time-barred if it is not reported to the Industrial Commission within two years of the date of your injury.
If you still have questions about reporting your claim, you may wish to contact an attorney who handles these cases or the North Carolina Bar Association.