The Initial Steps

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The process following a work place injury can be confusing, stressful and exhausting. You are left recovering from an injury, determining your ability to work and faced with the task of reporting the incident to your employer and working through the process of workers' compensation. The help of an experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you to focus on your health and recovery, while we work to protect your rights and ensure you receive the benefits your deserve and need.

The first step you need to take is to seek immediate medical attention. Not only is this best for your well-being, but it also creates immediate documentation of the seriousness of your injuries.

The second step you need to take after being injured is to report your work-related injury to your employer. The North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act requires that you report a work-related injury to your employer within 30 days from the date of injury.

Third, it may be time to file your workers' compensation claim. The North Carolina Industrial Commission in Raleigh is the state agency which regulates and oversees workers' compensation claims. All claims must be filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission before the Commission can take jurisdiction over your case.

Finally, if you have filed a workers' compensation claim and your claim has been denied, it does not necessarily mean that you are not entitled to workers' compensation benefits. You have the right to appeal this decision. If your claim has been denied and you would like to proceed in an appeal, we recommend you contact a workers' compensation attorney to assist you in this process.

At Miller Law Firm, PLLC, in Raleigh, we fight for people throughout North Carolina that have been injured at work. Please contact us for a free initial consultation so that we can help you through this process.