Work injuries are commonplace in the field of construction. Under North Carolina law, you as a construction worker may be eligible to receive compensation if you sustain an injury when at work, and there are certain steps you can take to increase the likelihood of receiving accurate compensation.
Learn what steps to take after you acquire an injury on the job.
1. Request immediate medical attention
After you sustain an injury at work, it is important to seek out medical care quickly.
Medical treatment is sometimes provided onsite for minor injuries. If you receive a severe injury, you may need to go to a hospital for treatment. If you acquired an injury over an extended period of time and not from an accident, you may still be eligible for compensation and should still seek medical attention.
2. Talk to your supervisor and send medical bills to your employer
After you have received medical care, in order to ensure that your employer can file a report in a timely manner, it is important to inform your superior of your injury.
When you talk to your supervisor, it is also useful to provide any documentation of your injuries if possible. Medical professionals working with you can send your employer the bills for your treatment. Such documents assist in serving as evidence of an injury when filing for workers’ compensation.
3. Provide a statement to your place of work
In addition to speaking with your supervisor about your injury, you also must provide a written statement that details the events that led up to your injury. You must write your statement within 30 days of the accident.
According to North Carolina law, your employer has to report any workers’ injuries to the company’s insurance carrier, and your written statement is an important aspect of this process. The insurance company will then determine whether or not you are eligible for compensation, and if so, how much compensation you will receive.