Working in a typical office setup may not seem to pose any risks, as it generally involves sitting in a chair and using a computer most of the time. According to a study by Yeshiva University, however, major accidents can occur in seemingly safe office environments, and some could lead to serious injuries. Among the common workplace accidents are slipping on wet floors and tripping over loose electric wires or carpets.
When an employee meets an accident due to any of the aforementioned scenarios, he or she is entitled to receive workers’ compensation for injuries sustained, to help him/her recover properly. Aside from the medical expenses, the compensation covers the equivalent wage lost if the employee was unable to work for a long period because of the accident.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation in in North Carolina, the Industrial Commission requires that the injured employee submit a formal notification to his employer about the accident. After receiving the employee’s notification, the employer must file a report about the accident, after which his or her insurance company will step in to determine the reasonable compensation amount.
In case the employer refuses to acknowledge that the accident happened in the workplace, the injured employee can hire a reliable Raleigh attorney to deal with the insurance company.