Q I was hurt at work a year ago and an incident report was written that day. Now a year has passed and I'm still not better - is it too late to file for comp benefits?
It is good to hear that the work incident that caused your injury was documented timely. Since the incident was logged in a company report on the same day of your injury, it is fairly clear that your employer has received written notice of your injury within the 30-day window imposed by North Carolina workers' compensation regulations. Under the provisions, a worker must notify their employer in writing within 30 days of the date of injury.
Sorry to hear you still have not recovered yet. On the other hand, it is also good to hear that only one year has passed since your injury. The North Carolina Industrial Commission requires an injured worker to file a Form 18 within two years of the date of the work accident. Since your injury only occurred a year ago, you are still legally entitled to start the workers' comp benefit application process.
Hopefully you have sought medical treatment for your work injury and alerted healthcare professionals how your condition developed and that it was a direct result of an accident in your work environment. Medical records are very important in a workers' comp claim. A detailed healthcare history of a work-related condition generally serves claimants well.
Now that so much time has passed since your initial injury you might wonder how long you need to wait to receive benefits. At the following link our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh explain how long claimants must wait for comp benefits.