Work injuries are not something anyone wants to experience. However, when an injury does occur due to a person performing their work duties, they should be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages. However, workers’ compensation insurance carriers and employers often delay or deny claims that are made for repetitive motion injuries. These injuries usually develop over longer periods of time and are harder to pinpoint on the workplace. Here, we want to discuss how quickly you need to file a claim to ensure you receive compensation for a work-related repetitive motion injury.
Deadlines you need to know for work injuries in NC
In general, it is recommended that anyone who sustains a work injury report their injury to their employer as soon as possible, preferably the same day the injury occurred or when the injury was discovered. However, injured workers must report their injury to their employer within 30 days of the injury occurring or from when the injury was discovered. Failing to do so could result in the non-payment of workers’ compensation benefits.
After the initial injury report is made, North Carolina law places a statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims two years from the date the injury occurs. To be clear, this is the overall deadline you have to file a claim. Failing to file a claim within this two-year window will result in you being unable to recover any compensation for your work injury.
Repetitive motion injuries and deadlines
Repetitive motion injuries are incredibly common, particularly in industries where employees have to perform the same motions over and over again for long periods of time (typing, stocking shelves, cashiers, etc.). Some of the most common repetitive motion injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- and more
Because these injuries happen over longer periods of time, it is not uncommon for employers or workers’ compensation insurance carriers to deny claims for repetitive motion injuries. However, if you believe do you have sustained a repetitive motion injury caused by workplace activities, notify your employer as soon as possible and seek medical treatment. The same timeframes apply in these cases because the law states that you need to report an injury within 30 days from when it was discovered. For repetitive motion injuries, the discovery of the actual injury may not occur until months or years after the causes of the injury begin. In fact, a worker may not discover they have a repetitive motion injury until a doctor has diagnosed it.
The most important thing for injured workers to understand is that they should be entitled to compensation if their repetitive motion injury was caused by their workplace activities.
We can help with your work injury claim – call for a free consultation
If you or somebody you care about has sustained a repetitive motion injury due to work activities or conditions, you may need to seek legal assistance for help with your case. At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to conduct a full investigation into your case and help secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include coverage of all medical expenses related to the repetitive motion injury, lost wages if you cannot work, and any physical therapy or rehabilitation you need. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.