While on the job, nurses face risks and hazards that can lead to injuries or illnesses. Fortunately, workers’ compensation provides nurses with financial benefits to help them recover from work-related injuries or occupational illnesses. However, employers and workers’ comp insurers sometimes create challenges for employees who seek the benefits they need and deserve.
If you’re employed as a nurse and become injured or ill because of your work, let a Raleigh workers’ compensation attorney from Younce, Vtipil, Baznik & Banks, P.A. advocate for your right to workers’ comp benefits. Contact our firm for a free initial case review to discuss your legal options with our team.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured on the Job as a Nurse
If you’ve been hurt at work as a nurse, you must protect your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. You also need to prepare to fight to get the benefits you’re entitled to from your employer if certain roadblocks arise. To strengthen your case, do the following after a workplace injury or illness:
- Report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. In North Carolina, you must provide your employer with written notice of your injury within 30 days, or you might jeopardize your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Make sure you seek medical attention and treatment for your injuries. Contact your employer to see if they have a designated healthcare provider or an approved list of providers for workers’ compensation treatment.
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and instructions, including any restrictions they place on your activities. If you put off treatment or engage in activities beyond your restrictions, your employer might conclude that you’ve recovered, stop benefits payments, and require you to return to work.
- Keep receipts for any out-of-pocket medical expenses. Find copies of your pay stubs or income statements to calculate your pre-injury average weekly wage.
Finally, contact our Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers as soon as possible. We can help secure your benefits, or if your employer or the workers’ compensation insurer has denied your claim or benefits request, we can fight for what you deserve.