According to Attorney Barry Jennings, a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law, it does not matter if an injury you sustained while working on the job was your fault because, in North Carolina, workers' compensation claims do not consider negligence when determining benefits.
The workers' compensation system in North Carolina is considered "no fault," and you may still be entitled to workers' compensation benefits even if you contributed to the accident. The major exception to this rule is if you are intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Other factors could reduce the amount of workers' compensation you are awarded, such as willful disobeying of a safety rule.
No matter how you were injured on the job, it is important to notify your employer and to seek medical care immediately. Even if it was a minor injury, it is still a good idea to see a doctor to have your injuries evaluated. Some major injuries may not seem severe at first, and delaying treatment can make recovery more difficult.
It is also important to consult with a workers' compensation attorney if you have been injured on the job. Every case is different, and an experienced North Carolina workers' compensation attorney can advise you on your legal rights if you have been injured on the job and may be able to help you get the full benefits that you may deserve under the law.
If you have been injured on the job, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 right now for a free evaluation of your case and to find out how one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you.