I recently filed for workman's comp in NC. The response to my claim: denied.
I have been dealing with a shoulder injury. It was not an accident (I did not fall or anything), the position I am in forces me to continuously stress my shoulder. I work more than 10 hours a day and the majority (90%) of my work involves heavy lifting. I had some light pain in my shoulder, which was manageable, however the pain became intense and it started hurting so bad that I went to the ER. I informed my employer and he does not allow me to work at all, because he fears I may injure myself even more. There are jobs available I can do, though.
I have been at home for days now without any pay and now I received the answer that my claim was denied because of the type of injury. Apparently, this type of injury is not covered.
I cannot lift anything, even my own child. I am on pain killers the entire day. They (employer) do not let me work and I cannot go back to work until my shoulder is healed.
I receive treatment through the VA and so far, no one...neither employer nor insurance company sent me to their doctors to find out about my injury.
I have no idea what to do next. So far, I read that the injury I sustained is difficult to prove.
I contacted a lawyer in my area because all the information is a bit confusing. Do I have a chance or do I have to prepare myself that I may be losing my job soon?
And how long will it take to get an answer if I appeal this decision? Bills still need to be paid and I cannot afford to wait weeks or even months.
It is frustrating.