Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina: Is My Injury Covered?
At Mulligan Attorneys,, one of the most common inquiries we receive is about workers’ compensation. Our clients have been injured on the job, and now they want to know whether their workplace injuries are covered under North Carolina law. We don’t blame them for asking these questions! The truth is that the answer can be complicated.
In many states, including North Carolina, not all injuries that happen at work are covered under workers’ compensation. The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act generally covers employees injured as a result of an accident on the job. However, many employees who have been injured don’t receive the compensation they’re rightfully owed.
Generally, workers’ compensation in North Carolina covers employees who are accidentally injured while at work. It’s also very important to note that “accident” and “at fault” are two different things. The accident in which you were injured can be your fault and you can still quality for workers’ compensation.
Here are some more specific examples of injuries that will likely be covered by workers’ compensation:
- Vehicular accident. If you are injured in a car accident while driving for work during the course of your work day you can be covered under workers’ compensation.·
- Company events. If you are injured while attending a company party or event, such as a picnic, baseball game, or off site retreat, then your injuries should be covered by workers’ compensation. Even though the accident happened outside of work hours it may be covered because you’re required by work to be present.
- Preexisting conditions. Many people assume that a preexisting condition or previous injury means that they will not be covered under workers’ compensation. This is often not the case. If you can prove that your job exacerbated your condition then the injury should be covered even if your job didn’t cause the issue initially.
- Slips and falls. This is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries and they’re pretty straightforward. Again, it doesn’t matter if someone mopped and forgot to leave a “Wet Floor” sign or if you tripped over your own shoelaces. An injury on the job is just that.