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Five Things To Do If You’ve Been Injured on the Job

Have you been injured at work? Speak with one of the Workers Compensation Attorneys at Prior, Criner & Edwards.

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1. Report your injury to your employer immediately and seek medical attention.

Immediately see your employer’s on-site health care provider. If there isn’t one available, your employer may advise you to go see a designated health care office specifically for work injuries. If an off-site health care office related to your employer does not exist, seek medical care from your family doctor or the emergency room.

2. Inform your health care provider of the incident.

Be clear that your injury is related to your work and provide the name of your employer. Your health care provider is then able to bill any treatment you receive as a workers’ compensation claim.

3. File a Form 18 about your claim against the employer.

The Form 18 must be submitted to the North Carolina Industrial Commission. You may fill out the form electronically and submit online or complete the standard PDF version. Your employer should then submit a Form 19, which is the first report of injury (FROI) they send when an employee makes a claim.

4. Provide a written statement to your employer about the incident within 30 days.

Keep track of everything, such as the date and time you were injured, what you were doing, etc. Give this notice to your employer and keep a copy for your records. If your injury prevents you from being able to write, have a friend or family member write it for you.

5. Contact an lawyer as soon as possible if your injury prevents you from working.

The North Carolina Workers’ Compensation System’s goal is to ensure you receive good health care and treatment in order for you to recover from your injury and go back to work at 100% capability. But if your injury prevents you from working like you did before, it’s time to get in touch with a workers’ comp attorney. For additional information please refer to the North Carolina Industrial Commission website.

The attorneys and staff at the Workers’ Compensation Law Firm are committed to seeing your case through to the end. We do not let anything stand in our way of getting you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our attorneys have the experience, compassion and knowledge to get you the benefits you’re entitled to. Contact our lawyers so we can get started on your unique case.

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.

We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.


Frank Prior - Attorney

Frank Prior

With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.

Sherman Lee Criner - Attorney

Sherman Lee Criner

Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.

Ashley Edwards - Attorney

Ashley M. Edwards

Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies. 

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“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"

Trevor P.

“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."

Patrick H.

“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"

Channing E.

“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."

Renee M.

“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."

Stephen H.

“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "

Ashley M.

“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."

Anthony R.

“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."

Marlo C.

“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"

Peer Review - Lawyers.com

“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."


“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "

Peer Review - Lawyers.com

“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "


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