In North Carolina, just because a worker gets hurt at work does not necessarily mean there is a compensable claim under the NC Workers’ Compensation Act. An injury and an accident are not the same thing. Accidents occur when the work routine has been interrupted, and unusual conditions are created. If you trip, fall and break your leg while doing your job, that is a compensable accident and injury. If you are doing your normal job, in its normal manner, and experience an injury, you may not have a compensable claim. You should call a workers compensation attorney if you have questions related to the circumstances of your injury.
The two main kinds of compensable injuries in NC are accidents and occupational diseases. There are a few other categories of injuries that will qualify you for benefits, including back injuries attributable to a specific traumatic incident, and hernias under certain conditions.
The most important thing to remember is if you are hurt at work, you need to report it to your supervisor immediately and seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Any delay in seeking treatment can be used to undermine the validity of your claim.