Getting injured at work can be a very upsetting experience. Not only will you likely have to miss work to recover, you can also be struggling with pain and the inconvenience of limited mobility, doctor appointments and medications.
You've been hurt on the job, and now your boss tells you that you can't get medical treatment because you are not an "Employee." You might be tempted to believe your boss and try to find help elsewhere, but don't give up yet. Just because your employer says you are an independant contractor doesn't mean you are not an employee.
If you are disabled and unable to work, money and stability will likely be among your top concerns. After all, if you can't work and earn a paycheck, how will you care for yourself? How will you secure medical treatment for your condition? How will you provide for your family?
Work-related injuries can happen in any workplace across North Carolina. In general, a person who suffers one of these injuries will be able to secure workers' compensation benefits to help cover the cost of medical treatment and time away from work that may be necessary.
Suffering a disabling injury or illness can change your entire life. On top of the ongoing pain and medical treatments you may have to endure, you can lose your ability to work and take care of yourself; your loved ones may have to take on added responsibilities and you can feel helpless, alone and scared about the future.