When considering a North Carolina workers’ comp claim, it’s important to understand some basics of the law. One of the most important things to remember is that the state has a “no-fault” system of workers’ compensation, which means you are eligible for benefits even if you played some role in your own injury.
Many injured workers don’t know this, and think they aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they were somehow at-fault. In reality, all you need to do when filing a North Carolina workers’ comp claim is to prove you were hurt on the job.
Now, there are still some limitations under the workers’ comp law. If you intentionally hurt yourself in an effort to receive benefits or were intoxicated at the time of the injury you can be barred from receiving workers’ comp.
And if you violated a known safety rule your benefits can be reduced.
Obviously, it’s sometimes in an employer’s interests to claim that you ran afoul of run of those rules. That’s one reason it’s important to have the workers’ compensation lawyers at White & Stradley, PLLC on your side. We’ll fight for every benefit to which you are entitled.
If you live in North Carolina and you’ve filed a workers’ comp claim, please contact White & Stradley, PLLC today for a free consultation.