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Pursuing workers' compensation appeals in North Carolina


It is a reasonable expectation when a North Carolina worker has suffered an injury or illness on the job that the employer's worker's compensation insurance will help and protect them. Unfortunately, while workers oftentimes should be taken care of through the workers' compensation process, claims are often denied. In some cases the denial can be reversed on appeal, however.

When a claim has been denied, it can be for a number of reasons which may not be the final word on the worker's application for benefits. Adequate medical evidence for the claim may be available; however, it may not have been properly presented during the initial application process. It is important to understand how to properly investigate, document and present the medical evidence and findings as part of a successful application for workers' compensation benefits.

There are a number of important steps in the appeals process. Cases are ordinarily appealed first to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, then to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and finally the North Carolina Supreme Court. The process for receiving workers' compensation benefits, though seemingly straightforward, can sometimes be complex and frustrating to workers who have suffered a workplace injury or illness and relied on the security of workers' compensation benefits. When workers are familiar with the process and know their rights, they are in a better position to timely secure workers' compensation benefits.

Workers who have been injured or otherwise harmed have certain reasonable expectations following a workplace accident. Thoroughly understanding the claims process and workers' compensation appeals can help injured workers successfully secure badly needed benefits.

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