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Can I Get Fired if I File for Workers’ Comp in North Carolina?

WCYou can probably guess the legal answer to this question is: No - you cannot get fired just for filing a workers' compensation claim in North Carolina.

But the unfortunate truth is that it does happen sometimes.

Does that mean you shouldn't file a workers' compensation claim? Absolutely not! Don't allow yourself to be bullied. A skilled NC workers' compensation lawyer may be able to help you take steps to protect your job or file a discrimination claim, if needed.

Considering a Workers' Compensation Claim?

If you've been hurt on the job, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I need money to cover medical bills or the time I've been out of work?
  • Is it possible that I will need medical treatment for this injury down the road?
  • Could this injury result in permanent damage?
  • Might this injury affect my ability to work in the future?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we strongly encourage you to file a workers' compensation claim and to contact a qualified workers' compensation attorney. Don't put your physical or financial health at risk for an unknown.

After all, jobs may come and go, but you're living in the only body you're going to get. You need to take care of it.

2 Ways to Potentially Minimize Being Fired After a Workers' Comp Claim

Here are two important ways you may be able to protect your job after a workers' compensation claim. Depending on your specific case, your workers' compensation attorney may have additional suggestions.

  1. Be a good employee
    Don't make the mistake of thinking that once you've filed a workers' compensation claim, you're immune to getting fired. You're not. You can still easily be fired for any number of reasons like repeatedly being late, slacking off, or for any other behaviors or reasons an employer might fire someone. Your work habits may be especially scrutinized after returning to work, so don't give anyone cause to think you're not being the very best employee you can be.
  2. Get someone to look out for you
    If you feel like your employer is "out to get you," we highly recommend hiring a workers' compensation attorney. A seasoned workers' compensation attorney may have the experience needed to recognize what's happening and how it could eventually hurt your case. Plus they may be able to help you be preemptive in gathering evidence. Generally speaking, evidence gathered beforehand may be more convincing than evidence you gathered after the fact. And a workers' compensation attorney may be able to help leverage this evidence if you're fired when filing your discrimination claim.

Need a North Carolina Workers' Comp Case Evaluation - FREE?

If you've been injured at work, don't go through the workers' compensation process alone. There's just too much most people don't know about the system. Even some of the more savvy clients we've known have made seemingly minor mistakes that cost them (big) in the long run.

One more point. Don't feel like you can't afford to hire a qualified workers' comp attorney. You can! At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we work on a contingency basis, so you don't owe us an attorney's fee if we don't get you compensation for your claim. What are you waiting for? Click here or call us at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

Mr. Jennings joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2006. He is presently a shareholder and practices in the Firm's Workers' Compensation Department. He received his J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University, where he received his B.S. in Animal Science.

Since obtaining his law degree, Mr. Jennings has practiced in the area of workers' compensation, and is now representing workers having suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of a work accident.

Contact Information

Asheville Law Office

300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-552-8215
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

301 S McDowell St, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

2915 Raeford Road, Suite 204
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

1308 Wayne Memorial Drive, Suite B
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 919-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greenville Law Office

702 Cromwell Dr. Suite G
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Morganton Law Office

216 N. Sterling Street, Suite B
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-219-3080
Toll Free: 1-844-520-2894

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

144 Woodridge Court
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078