Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to protect employees who sustain injuries on the job, but actually securing the funds you deserve can be challenging. If you want to apply for state workers’ compensation benefits, turn to James M. Snow Law in High Point, NC. This seasoned attorney has been presenting claims on behalf of injured clients for more than 38 years, and he can assist with your claim, as well.
How to Apply for State Workers’ Compensation Benefits
1. Inform Your Supervisor
If you were hurt on the clock, you need to notify your supervisor in writing to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. Even if your supervisor was present when the incident occurred, it is essential to document everything in writing. If there were any other witnesses, you can also have them file an incident report on your behalf.
2. Complete a Form 18
To apply for benefits, you must complete a Form 18, which is a Notice of Accident to Employer and Claim of Employee, Representative or Dependent for NC Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Your attorney can help you fill out this form accurately and thoroughly to prevent any unnecessary delays. After completing it, you must file it with the North Carolina Industrial Commission and give a copy to your employer.
3. Request a Hearing if Necessary
If your Form 18 is not accepted, and you are denied benefits, you may request a hearing by filing a Form 33, which is a Request for Hearing with the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Requesting a hearing for review is not the same as filing a lawsuit against your employer, and your employer does not have the right to discriminate against you for doing so.
If you would like to apply for state workers’ compensation benefits or appeal a denial, turn to James M. Snow Law. Visit his website to learn more about his experience handling both federal and state workers’ compensation cases, and call (336) 889-4024 to schedule a consultation in High Point today.