Living with chronic pain can be both physically and emotionally debilitating. If you suffered a serious injury at work, you might also be struggling to make ends meet financially. Getting help through North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system should be a priority if you are dealing with injuries to your:
Are you unable to work?
Whether you work on a construction site, are on your feet all day at a retail position or work sitting down in an office, you need full use of your body. An injury to your back, neck or shoulders can make it impossible to complete even simple work tasks. Some people may try to push through their pain and continue working, but you should avoid doing this at all costs. Ignoring your pain can actually further exacerbate your injuries and make things worse in the long run.
Back, neck and shoulder injuries can occur as the result of a one-time accident, or because of continual use over time. Regardless of how your injury occurred, you should seek medical care right away and notify your employer as soon as possible. These can be scary steps to take though, as there is the possibility that you might be advised to take time off work to recover.
You may need financial help if your injuries are serious enough to put you out of work. North Carolina’s workers’ compensation benefits can provide that financial support through temporary benefits. You can learn more about these benefits by visiting our website.