Myths about Workers’ Compensation!

Here are a few myths about Worker’s Compensation…

  • My employer will file all necessary documents to initiate my claim. – False. Though your employer is technically “required” to file a Form 19 to report your work injury to the Industrial Commission, far too often we see that Employers are not filing this document and not reporting the claims. Additionally, you as an injured Employee are responsible for proper reporting of your injury and filing a Form 18 for your protection or having your Attorney file this document for you.
  • I will receive payment for pain and suffering in my Workers’ Compensation claim. – False. North Carolina does NOT pay compensation for pain and suffering in Workers’ Compensation claims.
  • Since the accident was my fault, I cannot pursue a Workers’ Compensation claim. – False. The accident can be your fault and you may still able to pursue a Workers’ Compensation claim for entitlement to benefits.
  • There is an adjuster handling my claim, so I do not need an attorney. – False. The insurance adjuster works for your Employer. You need someone on your side who is working for you and educating you about your rights along the way. Just because things “appear” to be going smoothly in your case, does not mean that you are receiving everything that you are entitled to. Things are not always as they appear!