The state of North Carolina has established a set of Workers’ Compensation laws which clearly spell out the responsibilities of your employer for job-related injuries. These laws are intended to protect your rights so that you receive the proper benefits in a timely manner.

All employers are mandated by state law to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance if they employ:

  • Three or more employees on a full-time basis
  • One or more employees in activities involving the use or presence of radiation
  • In the agriculture industry, ten or more full-time non-seasonal agricultural employees on a regular basis

Employer Responsibilities if You are Hurt on the Job

According to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, employers must fulfill the following responsibilities if you suffer a work-related injury:

  • Report the injury to its Workers’ Compensation insurance company immediately if medical attention is needed or sought
  • File a Form 19 “Employer’s Report of Employee’s Injury to the Industrial Commission” within five days of learning of the injury if you miss more than one day of work or incur medical expenses greater than $2000
  • Provide you with a copy of the Form 19 as well as a blank Form 18 “Notice of Accident to Employer and Claim of Employee,” which you must fill out following your injury

Additional Employer Responsibilities under the OSHA Act of 1970

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970 lists additional employer responsibilities after a work-related injury. These include:

  • Report any work-related accident resulting in a fatality or hospitalization of three or more employees to the nearest OSHA office within eight hours of the incident
  • Maintain detailed records of all job-related injuries and illnesses
  • Provide current and former employees access to the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300)
  • Provide employees access to medical records and exposure records

Under this law, employers are also forbidden to discriminate or retaliate against employees who file a Workers’ Compensation claim.

Experienced Workers’ Compensation Representation

The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC have been protecting the rights of injured Workers for more than 20 years. Our team of highly skilled Workers’ Compensation lawyers who thoroughly understand all of the state laws which apply to your case. Our lawyers can help you receive the benefits you deserve in a timely manner.

If you have suffered a job-related injury in North Carolina, please contact our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorneys today to schedule your initial Workers' Compensation consultation. White & Stradley, PLLC serves clients in Greenville, Morganton, Fayetteville, Winston Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Asheville, Greensboro, and Wilmington.

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