Understand North Carolina’s workers’ comp notice requirements

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To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act requires employees to notify their employers if they are injured at work.

North Carolina courts have spelled out why this requirement is important: “It allows the employer to provide immediate medical diagnosis and treatment with a view to minimizing the seriousness of the injury, and it facilitates the earliest possible investigation of the circumstances surrounding the injury.”

Section 97-22 of the Workers’ Compensation Act places two distinct obligations on injured employees.

1. An employee must give written notice of an injury. An injured employee isn’t entitled to workers’ comp coverage for any medical expenses until that written notice is submitted. That’s why it’s important to demand notice before the employee seeks treatment.

There are exceptions to this rule. For example, written notice is unnecessary to trigger c...(register to read more)

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