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How to File Workers’ Comp Claim Forms Correctly

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If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, it’s critical to seek workers’ compensation for lost wages, medical bills and the inability to successfully perform at work. There are a few steps we recommend you take to maximize your recovery, specifically filling out the correct claim forms. We know working through the workers’ comp claim system can be a daunting task, especially when you’re going through such a tough time. To keep the process easy, simple, and stress-free, we’ve broke down the various claim forms you and your employer must fill out in order to receive the benefits and compensation you’re entitled to.

File Form 18

Filling out Form 18 is the starting point when you have an injury claim against your employer. The form must be filled out completely and submitted to the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Remember to send the original form to the Industrial Commission and make two copies – one for your records and another for your employer. Keep in mind that Form 18 must be filed within two years of the date of your injury or occupational disease. After sending your form, you’ll receive a letter notifying you that your document was received and is being processed. Processing time varies depending on the Industrial Commission’s workload. They’ll also send a copy of the acknowledgement letter to your employer’s workers’ comp insurance carrier asking them to get in contact with you and explain if compensation will be paid to you voluntarily.

File Form 19

Required under the provision of the Workers’ Compensation act, Form 19 is the document your employer fills out and submits when an employee has a claim. Every question must be answered and sent to the North Carolina Industrial Commission through your employer’s insurance claims administrator. Your employer is legally responsible for filing Form 19 within five days after knowledge of the accident and must provide you a copy of the document for your records.

Additional Workers’ Compensation Forms

You and your employer may need to fill out additional claims depending on your situation. If you require additional medical compensation for your injury, Form 18M must be filled out. This includes information about your reasoning for further medical attention and confirmation from your treating physician. If your workplace injury is an illness, specifically Lung Disease, refer to Form 18B. This document includes your basic information, plus names and addresses of family physicians, treating physicians and hospitals that provided medical services to you over a 20-year period.

Keep in mind that if your employer has workers’ compensation or qualifies as a self-insurer, Form 17 must be prominently posted at your business. This is a notice that explains what an employee and employer should do if they have a work-related injury or occupational disease.

We hope you have a better understanding of North Carolina’s workers’ compensation claim forms so you can get through the procedure smoothly. Don’t hesitate to contact our lawyers if you’re still having trouble filling out your claim forms. We’re here to answer any questions and make sure everything is filed correctly.

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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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“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!"

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“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."

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“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."

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“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!"

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

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