Occupational diseases, defined broadly as “illnesses suffered as a result of one's work,” are covered in North Carolina under workers' compensation – but they also present unique challenges. The best way to avoid complications that can delay your workers’ comp claim is by working with an experienced North Carolina workplace injury attorney. Call us at 919-863-9397 to schedule a free consultation and learn how White & Stradley, PLLC can help.
The first and most significant obstacle you may face when seeking compensation for occupational diseases can occur when you file your claim. Under North Carolina's workers' compensation law, you must notify your employer within 30 days of your injury. When it comes to physical trauma, this is quite simple. An occupational disease is a bit different, however. You still have a deadline to file your claim, but it's not 30 days after you contract your illness. Instead, the clock starts after you discover (or should have discovered) you have an occupational disease.
This is important because many occupational diseases take a long time to manifest. Mesothelioma, for example, often lingers dormant for decades before it is detected. The law recognizes this and provides you with some flexibility. This flexibility works both ways, though. If your employer’s workers’ comp insurance carrier can establish that you “should have” known about your illness or disease long before you filed a claim, you may face a denial of or delay in benefits. Our Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers can help you avoid this pitfall and work to protect your rights in cases where it occurs.
If you are dealing with an occupational disease in North Carolina, workers' compensation might offer an ideal solution. Please contact White & Stradley, PLLC online or by calling 919-863-9397 to schedule a free consultation and learn more. Our workers’ comp attorneys serve Charlotte, Greenville, Raleigh, and the entire state of North Carolina.