Does that matter?

In most cases, no. Unlike in traditional personal injury lawsuits, you do not need to prove that your employer was responsible for your injuries in order to recover workers’ compensation benefits.  So long as you were injured in an accident while working for an employer with more than three employees, you will likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Are there any exceptions?

There are a few. In most cases, you don’t need to worry if your workplace injury was your own fault.  However, if you were intoxicated at the time of the injury or the injury was intentional (either to yourself or someone else), there is a chance you may not be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits in North Carolina.  

Can my benefits be reduced?

While intoxication and intentional injury are the only actions that can prevent you from receiving any workers’ compensation benefits, your benefits may be reduced by 10% if you failed to comply with certain safety regulations leading to your workplace injury.

Our lawyers can help explain whether you are at any risk for having your workers’ compensation claim barred or reduced because of anything you did leading up to your workplace injury.

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