If you are injured on the job, can your employer force you to sign a waiver stating you will not sue? Sadly, in the state of North Carolina, yes they can. There are exceptions to this rule. For example, if you have a union contract that prohibits this type of action or if you were injured by a third party, you cannot be forced to sign a waiver. However, under most circumstances, your employer can require that you sign a waiver before they cooperate with a workers’ comp claim. The signing of a waiver is generally unnecessary. Accepting workers’ comp automatically disallows legal action against your employer, However, if your employer fears you have a right to seek legal recourse for your injury they may require you voluntarily relinquish your rights in exchange for their cooperation. You Need Legal Help Before you sign anything from your employer, you should discuss it with one of the Burlington workers’ compensation attorneys at White & Stradley. It may be possible that your rights are being violated, and agreeing to unfair conditions can negatively impact your ability to get the full compensation you deserve. We can review any documents your employer wants you to sign and help ensure you are treated fairly during every stage of your claim. If you live in or around the Raleigh, Durham, Goldsboro, Greenville, Kinston, Lumberton, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, or Tarboro areas of North Carolina and have been injured on the job, please contact White & Stradley, PLLC to schedule a free consultation with a workers’ comp attorney today.
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