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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at work can be fun… But are you covered by Workers’ Comp if something goes wrong?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Maybe your company is celebrating St. Patty’s day with an outing, or maybe you were injured walking to an off-premises social event with coworkers or playing a sport at a company function. There are many situations like this that we are often asked about when an injury didn’t happen at work, but has some type of connection to a person’s job.

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Did you have a work injury and you think your employer has your back? Think again…

So, you’ve been with your employer for 10 years. You’re sure they have your best interest at heart and are looking out for you.

Unfortunately, the moment someone endures an injury at work, we often see a change of behavior in the employer.  One of our most memorable instances occurred when one of our clients fell from a second story platform onto concrete, and they were knocked unconscious.

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I was in a car accident, but it wasn’t my fault! Now what?

When a car accident is not your fault, it may seem straight forward that the other person’s insurance should pay for everything. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

There are numerous steps involved, but here are a few things you can do in order help protect your case:

If there are any witnesses, be sure they stick around for the police to arrive in order to give their statement as well.

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Be careful! You could be messing up your workers’ comp case!

I get it, your workers’ compensation checks are rolling in, your medical care is being covered by the insurance company, your employer is kind-of being nice to you…so, of course you think you don’t need an attorney! Don’t be fooled by a false sense of security, because the reality is that the insurance company could stop paying checks, paying for care, and your employer could terminate you in NC despite having a workers’ comp case.

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5 Things to remember when making a workers’ compensation claim

There are many reasons why insurance companies deny workers’ compensation claims. The most common ones are the injury does not fit the specific definition of a covered “injury by accident”, it did not occur while on the job, the claimant had a preexisting condition that wasn’t related to work, or the worker failed to file the claim on time without a valid excuse.