Workers’ Comp can often seem like a foreign language! It has its own court system, forms and acronyms that can make it virtually impossible to navigate if you are unfamiliar with the process. The North Carolina Industrial Commission’s website can be very helpful in guiding you through the workers’ comp system if you are trying to handle your case on your own. A couple of examples of forms and acronyms you will come in contact with are:
AWW: Average Weekly Wage is the equivalent to the gross wages you were earning for a certain period of time in the job in which you were hurt.
*TTD: Temporary Total Disability checks are the weekly checks you may be entitled to at 2/3 of your AWW.
*Form 18: An initial report form that you (or your attorney) will be required to complete to report your claim. Keep in mind completing these documents may be critical to your case being paid or not.
*Form 61: Denial of your case.
*Form 60: Acceptance of your case.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, we encourage you to consult an attorney. Your wages and your future are at stake!