Not all injuries result in severe, immediate symptoms. Several types of workplace injuries often have delayed symptoms. These types of claims are tricky to handle because they are not always clear whether an injured worker’s condition is related to the workplace accident or a preexisting medical condtion. Regardless of which injury is being treated, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Injuries that have delayed symptoms can still be compensable pursuant to the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. There is no rule or requirement that the injury a worker suffers results in immediate symptoms.
The issue, of course, is that workers’ compensation insurance companies will tend to attack the credibility of the injured worker if they do not report their workplace injury immediately. Although an injury may not seem severe at first, symptoms can arise in the hours or days later. This often strikes concern with the injured worker. If injured workers do receive immediate medical treatment after an injury, they may downplay or even not report a problem that turns out later in the following days to be something much more significant. Employers and their insurance companies will use the injured worker’s failure to report issues against them.
Injuries with delayed symptoms pose a challenge to injured workers who are looking to receive medical treatment for all their workplace injuries. Insurance companies understand that an injured worker’s failure to immediately report injuries and delayed symptoms can affect an injured worker’s credibility and to pass of an injury as not being work-related.
If you need help with a North Carolina workers’ compensation claim that involves an workplace injury with delayed symptoms, contact Cardinal Law Partners. With over 50 years of collective legal experience, our team has been providing legal services for a wide variety of workers throughout Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, and Belmont. If you wish to learn more about Cardinal Law Partners and our experience in mediation, do not hesitate to schedule a free, initial consultation with us today.