If you have been injured on the job and need to file a Workers’ Compensation claim, you shouldn’t wait. This is because of the statute of limitations in which to file your claim. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations is that employees must file their Workers’ Compensation claim within two years of their injury. In addition to the statute of limitations, there is also a notice requirement. If you have been injured while at work, you must report the accident to your employer within 30 days of the injury. Both of these rules fall under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. The two year statute of limitations may seem generous, but say you injure your back while working and ignore the pain. If, after the statute of limitations has passed, you are suddenly suffering back pain that keeps you immobile and from working, you will not be able to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. If you have been afflicted with what is known as occupational disease, such as asbestosis, lead poisoning or silicosis, the date for the statute of limitations is the date you are notified by a health care professional that you have the disease and that it is work related. However, if you have not yet been harmed by the disease, the statute does not begin until you start showing symptoms that affect your ability to earn your wage. If you have been injured on the job and need to file a Workers’ Compensation in the Raleigh, Greenville, Rocky Mount, or surrounding areas of North Carolina, please contact the experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC, for an initial free consultation today.
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